A federal court has approved the settlement reached in Children’s Rights’ Rhode Island class-action lawsuit, which alleged the systemic abuse and neglect of nearly 2,000 children living in state custody.
Children’s Rights In the News
Writing in the Miami Herald about Children’s Rights’ lawsuit in Miami-Dade/Monroe counties, local attorneys Bernard Perlmutter, Robert Latham, and Stewart Cooke—who represent kids in foster care with special needs—voiced the urgent need for legal action.
Christina Wilson Remlin appeared on CNN en Español advocating for the rights of immigrant families and condemning the family separation policy. “Christina Remlin dice que estas familias ‘tienen derechos’ y que ‘deberían recibir mejor trato’ y advierte que ‘es un peligro grave’ que los menores inmigrantes queden al cuidado del Gobierno Federal de EE.UU.”
Sandy Santana is quoted: “Needlessly ripping kids, toddlers, babies away from their parents is inhumane, barbaric and unconstitutional. An administration that purports to uphold family values is callously inflicting devastating trauma on children and families in service of its punitive immigration policies.”
“Michigan is one of the five worst states in the nation for child welfare.” Children’s Rights’ lawsuit in Michigan is mentioned in this article about the ongoing challenges in the state’s child welfare system.
Ira Lustbader is quoted in this article about reports of child abuse in South Carolina. “We knew the problems were deep when we brought this lawsuit, and this report reveals that initial compliance efforts have so far been slow and ineffective,” said Ira Lustbader, litigation director at Children’s Rights.
“We remain deeply concerned about the ability of the state to keep kids safe when they’re in foster care,” said Elizabeth Pitman Gretter, an attorney for Children’s Rights.
In a lawsuit brought by Children’s Rights, a panel of three judges appeared divided on whether Texas has breached the U.S. Constitution in how it treats foster children — and if so, what should be done about it.
Samantha Bartosz is quoted in this article about the Los Angeles foster care system: “Tragedies [in the LA foster care system] make it into the papers, and people care, and that can lead to higher levels of intakes and then the system’s capacity gets challenged. The safety net gets stretched and, too frequently, shredded.”
Children’s Rights’ lawsuit in South Carolina is mentioned in this article about the ongoing dangers faced by children in the state’s foster care system.