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Children’s Rights In the News

17 July 2020 TODAY Show
Why racism can have long-term effects on children’s health

Dr. Nia Heard-Garris was startled when her 4-year-old son came home from preschool one day and declared, “Mommy, sometimes I’m white.” As a pediatrician who studies the impact of racism on children’s health and the mother of a Black boy with caramel skin, she carefully inquired further. He told her one of his friends said […]

Why racism can have long-term effects on children’s health
9 July 2020 Associated Press
Kansas settles foster children civil rights lawsuit

The state of Kansas settled a class-action lawsuit filed by child care advocates who accused the state of not providing foster children with adequate mental health care and moving them too frequently between homes. The settlement, filed Wednesday, mandates the state stop moving foster children often and track them more carefully. The agreement won’t take […]

Kansas settles foster children civil rights lawsuit
7 July 2020 AL.com
Watchdog claims children being abused in psychiatric centers in Alabama

A watchdog for children’s welfare claims that children are being abused by workers in psychiatric treatment facilities in Courtland, Owens Cross Roads, Tuskegee, and Montgomery. In a public letter, the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program wrote they have “grave concerns about the immediate safety and welfare” of the nearly 100 children, aged 12 to 18, currently in […]

Watchdog claims children being abused in psychiatric centers in Alabama
16 June 2020 The Hill
How the coronavirus pandemic has put LGBTQ+ youth at risk

Children’s Rights authored a report Fostering Inequity: How COVID-19 Amplifies Dangers for LGBTQ+ Youth in Care. Christina Wilson Remlin was quoted in The Hill: “It’s important to have a very urgent reminder that our child welfare systems need to become safer places for LGBTQ young people. This population is already exposed to a great deal of danger.”

How the coronavirus pandemic has put LGBTQ+ youth at risk
12 June 2020 New York Daily News
Trump administration finalizes rule wiping transgender health protections

The Trump administration on Friday finalized a rule axing Obama-era health protections for transgender people, moving to strip guards against discrimination in the heart of Pride Month and in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Christina Wilson Remlin was quoted in the New York Daily News, “yet another move by the Trump administration to deny […]

Trump administration finalizes rule wiping transgender health protections
15 May 2020 USA Today
Foster care teen’s death draws scrutiny to group home outbreaks: Who is looking out for these children?

Frederick’s death – and the realities of trying to social distance in a facility packed with teenagers – highlights one of the many problems facing America’s foster care system amid the pandemic, writes USA Today. “We are really worried that an already-strained system is going to buckle under the weight of the coronavirus,” says Sandy Santana, […]

Foster care teen’s death draws scrutiny to group home outbreaks: Who is looking out for these children?
12 May 2020 Gay City News
During Foster Care Month, Trump Nixes Data on Vulnerable LGBTQ Youth

Representatives of Children’s Rights, an organization dedicated to children swept up in the immigration, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems, were just as outraged after the rule was announced. The legal team at Children’s Rights was in contact with the administration and had begged the White House to reconsider the rule. “Stripping sexual orientation data […]

During Foster Care Month, Trump Nixes Data on Vulnerable LGBTQ Youth
11 May 2020 The Chronicle for Social Change
Administration Erases LGBT Questions From Foster Care Data Collection

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final rule change that will end data collection regarding the sexual orientation of foster children and foster and adoptive parents in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel for Children’s Rights, blasted the change, which came despite […]

Administration Erases LGBT Questions From Foster Care Data Collection