Mentally ill students at Iowa’s State Training School for Boys are “exquisitely vulnerable” to long-lasting psychological harm from being placed in isolation cells or being strapped to a bed with a large Velcro device, a psychiatrist testified in federal court this week.
Children’s Rights In the News
In a case brought by Children’s Rights and our partners, Iowa teens present testimony in an ongoing federal trial challenging the constitutionality of Iowa’s treatment of troubled youth at the State Training School for Boys in Eldora.
A state-run school for delinquent teenage boys has failed to meet professional standards for treating and screening mental illness, according to expert witness testimony during the opening day of a federal trial against the Boys State Training School in Eldora.
Sandy Santana is quoted commending the introduction of the ECDF Act: “The bottom line is that our country’s most vulnerable children need access to as many safe and loving homes as possible. The ECDF Act will provide exactly that, and prevent agencies from discriminating against qualified families simply because they do not pass a religious […]
Samantha Bartosz, deputy director of litigation at Children’s Rights, is quoted in this article about the use of psychotropic drugs in North Dakota foster care: “A foster child gets on a drug, moves homes two or three times and collects different prescriptions along the way.”
Baker McKenzie recently partnered with Children’s Rights and other organizations on a pro bono basis to secure a win for vulnerable children in the Southern Region of Florida (Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties) in the United States.
Christina Wilson Remlin is quoted in an article about recent anti-LGBTQ bills considered in Tennessee: “Children’s Rights has long fought to reform the state’s child welfare system, and we will continue to oppose any move that would limit the number of safe and loving homes available to children in foster care.”
A ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week will allow a class-action lawsuit filed by Children’s Rights and co-counsel to move forward on behalf of all children in foster care.
A lawsuit that argues Arizona’s child-welfare system has failed children in foster care, filed by Children’s Rights and co-counsel, will proceed as a class-action matter, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
Christina Wilson Remlin is quoted in this article about a federal court’s decision that Philadelphia can refuse to work with child welfare agencies that do not comply with anti-discrimination laws: “Today’s decision signals that discriminating against same-sex couples is illegal and harmful to all children.”