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Children’s Rights In the News

17 October 2022 Los Angeles Blade
Greg Louganis, gay Olympian & children’s rights champion speaks

Greg is perhaps the most accomplished diving champion in the history of the modern Olympics movement. He’s been called both “the greatest American diver” and “probably the greatest diver in history,” but his gold medals in 1984 and 1988 represent only a small slice of his life achievements. He’s also an accomplished actor I first saw him […]

Greg Louganis, gay Olympian & children’s rights champion speaks
13 October 2022 Today
How Connecticut’s foster care system is setting a new standard

With some fundamental changes, Connecticut’s foster care system has become a model for the nation, reuniting nearly 2,400 children with their families since 2019. NBC’s Cynthia McFadden reports for TODAY, introducing the system’s pioneering new leader and some of the families she’s helping. Video.

How Connecticut’s foster care system is setting a new standard
13 October 2022 American Bar Association
Racial Discrimination in Child Welfare Is a Human Rights Violation—Let’s Talk About It That Way

Every day in the United States, Black children are investigated by the child welfare system and forcibly separated from their parents, at rates far greater than their white peers. Decades of data, research, and lived experiences reveal the deep disparities and discrimination within this system. Over 50 percent of Black children in the U.S. will experience a […]

Racial Discrimination in Child Welfare Is a Human Rights Violation—Let’s Talk About It That Way
12 October 2022 AL.com
Alabama foster care children with disabilities given ‘inferior’ care, DOJ says: ‘It ain’t real school’

The Department of Justice announced today that the state of Alabama – namely the Department of Human Resources and State Department of Education – “illegally discriminates against children in foster care with emotional and behavioral disabilities.” The system has violated parts of the Americans with Disabilities Act by relegating hundreds of students with disabilities to […]

Alabama foster care children with disabilities given ‘inferior’ care, DOJ says: ‘It ain’t real school’
6 October 2022 TIME
Afghan Children Are Suffering in the U.S. Immigration System

As the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan has come and gone, about 100 Afghan youth remain in United States government custody without their parents—the majority of whom are placed in shelters and other congregate care settings. This number reflects both great progress in releasing hundreds of Afghan youth to sponsors over the past year and […]

Afghan Children Are Suffering in the U.S. Immigration System
19 September 2022 Kansas City Star
Kansas fails to meet most foster care settlement benchmarks but agency touts progress

Dozens of Kansas foster children slept in offices overnight last year, experienced too many night-to-night placements and for some, mental health needs weren’t met soon enough. That’s what an independent monitor found in the first report measuring how well Kansas is following the settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit aimed at improving the state’s […]

Kansas fails to meet most foster care settlement benchmarks but agency touts progress
13 September 2022 The Imprint
Human Rights Watch Grades States on Children’s Rights: No ‘As’ or ‘Bs’. Most States Get ‘Ds’ and ‘Fs’

A new state-by-state analysis of how well America meets international standards on protecting its children found “alarming” results — a nation that “overwhelmingly” fails to protect its youngest residents from child marriage, corporal punishment, child labor and justice system abuse. New York, considered progressive by American standards, was among states receiving failing grades on the national […]

Human Rights Watch Grades States on Children’s Rights: No ‘As’ or ‘Bs’. Most States Get ‘Ds’ and ‘Fs’
7 September 2022 The Imprint
UN Committee Suggests the US Change or Repeal Major Child Welfare Policies

Weeks after hearing from advocates and government officials about racism in the American child welfare system, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of RacialDiscrimination said Congress should consider changing or eliminating several major laws pertaining to child protection investigations, foster care and adoption. The committee, often referred to as CERD, said it was “concerned […]

UN Committee Suggests the US Change or Repeal Major Child Welfare Policies