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Children’s Rights In the News

9 March 2022 The Imprint
Don’t Let Foster Care Contracts Open a Back Door to Discrimination

About 20,000 children age out of the foster care system every year without a permanent family or home, forcing youth into instability and even homelessness. Many adults want to open their homes and hearts, but a state’s contracts may inadvertently stand in the way. This reality was brought into stark focus last month when Michigan […]

Don’t Let Foster Care Contracts Open a Back Door to Discrimination
3 March 2022 MetroWeekly
Judge Blocks Texas From Investigating Trans Teens Parents

A Texas state judge has blocked Texas’ child protection agency from investigating the parents of a transgender teenager for “child abuse” after they allowed her to receive gender-affirming medical care. The advocacy group Children’s Rights applauded the plaintiffs for bringing the lawsuit challenging Abbott’s “blatantly political” directive. “The Governor’s executive order risks causing irreparable harm […]

Judge Blocks Texas From Investigating Trans Teens Parents
2 February 2022 The Imprint
Michigan Settles With Catholic Foster Care Charity But Affirms Commitment to LGBTQ Community

Despite announcing plans to resume doing business with faith-based foster care agencies that don’t work with same-sex couples, Michigan recently reiterated its commitment to ensuring LGBTQ families feel welcome and valued as foster and adoptive parents. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced late last month that it would fall in line with […]

Michigan Settles With Catholic Foster Care Charity But Affirms Commitment to LGBTQ Community
1 February 2022 American Bar Association's Litigation Radio
The Need for Pro Bono

Children’s Rights chief program officer Ira Lustbader joins Dave Scriven-Young from ABA’s Litigation Radio alongside Anne Geraghty Helms and Julie Gryce of DLA Piper to talk about the incredible need for pro bono legal work and how lawyers and their firms can get involved. Learn more about our work, our case in Ohio, and the importance […]

The Need for Pro Bono
20 January 2022 The Detroit News
Monitors issue ‘devastating’ review of Michigan’s child welfare system

Two court monitors’ latest assessment of Michigan’s child welfare system was described by a federal judge Thursday as “just devastating,” despite a 15-year effort to reform the troubled system. “It was really depressing to read how little the state has accomplished,” said Judge Nancy Edmunds of the U.S. District Court of Michigan’s Eastern District. “If anything, we’ve slipped […]

Monitors issue ‘devastating’ review of Michigan’s child welfare system
23 December 2021 CBS News
U.S. shelters received a record 122,000 unaccompanied migrant children in 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) shelter system received 122,000 migrant children who were taken into U.S. custody without their parents in fiscal year 2021, an all-time high that shattered previous records, according to new government figures obtained by CBS News. Leecia Welch, a lawyer representing migrant children in a federal court case, said HHS […]

U.S. shelters received a record 122,000 unaccompanied migrant children in 2021