Sandy Santana is quoted in this article about the opioid epidemic and the Family First Prevention Services Act: “For the government now to redirect funding for substance abuse and preventative services to keep those kids that are at risk of entering foster care with their families is a big, big deal.”
Children’s Rights In the News
Ruling that the Texas foster care system continues to place children at risk, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack ordered Texas officials to adopt almost 100 changes, including reduced workloads for caseworkers, a ban on children sleeping in state offices and steps to better monitor and reduce sexual abuse
CPS officials are trying to persuade the federal appellate judges to lift a stay of U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack’s remedial order in a long-running class-action suit originally brought by the New York-based group Children’s Rights.
Attorneys for Children’s Rights, the National Center for Youth Law and Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics filed a federal lawsuit in June on behalf of Missouri children currently or formerly in foster care.
Claims that Missouri has historically and unconstitutionally failed foster children by prescribing psychotropic drugs are surviving challenges in federal court.
Children’s Rights’ lawsuits in Missouri and Iowa, which both allege failures to monitor the use of psychotropic medications for children in state custody, are cited in this article about a man who was prescribed psychotropic medications as a child.
“The absence of the medical records itself creates an unreasonable risk of harm and the defendants are aware of that risk as well,” Laughrey wrote in a 33-page opinion.
Sara Bartosz, a lawyer for Children’s Rights, said the lawsuit and its proposed settlement, which still needs a federal judge’s final approval, was about restoring “basic and fundamental” procedures into Rhode Island’s child welfare system.
The state of Rhode Island has agreed to settle a long-running lawsuit brought by Children’s Rights alleging systemic abuse and neglect of the nearly 2,000 children living in state custody.