Executive Director of Children’s Rights Sandy Santana and Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, joined together at the Children’s Rights Benefit & Inspiration Awards gala on Oct. 16. Gelernt was honored with the Inspiration Award.
Children’s Rights In the News
It’s frustrating that some state officials seem more focused on fighting Jack’s ruling than on making more of the critical reforms to protect kids, says this Dallas Morning News editorial.
Paul Yetter categorized the ruling by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as “a huge victory for Texas children” that will lead to more caseworkers and more thorough investigations into allegations of abuse.
A federal appeals court says Texas must make improvements to abuse investigations within its foster care system and make sure workers have manageable caseloads, but the court also struck down dozens of other measures ordered by a judge.
State officials have been “deliberately indifferent” to the threat to children’s welfare caused by high caseloads and insufficient monitoring, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Texas DFPS needs more and better-trained caseworkers to visit foster children and make sure they are safe, among other ordered reforms.
Broadway mogul Jordan Roth — the president of Jujamcyn Theaters — found himself at center stage on Tuesday night as emcee of the Children’s Rights gala at Chelsea Piers.
A court in Philadelphia is being urged to uphold the city’s nondiscrimination policy, which prevents government-funded, religiously-affiliated child placement agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples. Children’s Rights and other advocacy organizations files an amicus brief in this case.
Deeply unsettling reports of violence at the State Training School at Eldora have prompted justified calls to increase safety at the facility. But we must seek to eliminate violence in all forms, write Harry Frischer, lead counsel at Children’s Rights, and Nathan Kirstein, staff attorney at Disability Rights Iowa.
Samantha Bartosz is quoted in this article about a five-state report finding that children in foster care are given psychotropic drugs without adequate monitoring or oversight. “The report validates [Children’s Rights] work in several states including Missouri, where [Bartosz] is the lead attorney for the lawsuit.”