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.
Children’s Rights In the News
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.”
Last month, Reshma Moorthy, President of Frontier Technologies came together with Allen Riddick, Director of Supplier Diversity at Drexel University, to raise awareness among the Philadelphia business community of children’s rights for Children’s Rights.
No child belongs in a detention center: “ningún niño pertenece en un centro de detención.” Sandy Santana is quoted speaking out against the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the Flores agreement, which would allow the government to hold children indefinitely. (Spanish)
The South Carolina Department of Social Services continues to attempt to improve its child welfare system, including the removal of young children out of group homes. Children’s Rights’ partner Sue Berkowitz, executive director of South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, is quoted.