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Children’s Rights In the News

25 March 2022 CT Mirror
Court ends federal oversight of child protection in CT

A federal judge formally released the Department of Children and Families from three decades of court oversight Thursday, concluding that Connecticut once again can be entrusted with the care of its most vulnerable children. “We are very excited to be able to say that today, in 2022, we are a very different agency than we […]

Court ends federal oversight of child protection in CT
24 March 2022 News 8 WTNH
Abused, neglected kids protected after dynamic shift for DCF

For more than 30 years, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been operating under the watchful eye of a court monitor. Now, there is a big change for the state agency. State officials and a national children’s rights group celebrated a landmark settlement Thursday that frees the state from court oversight. “Today […]

Abused, neglected kids protected after dynamic shift for DCF
24 March 2022 NBC Connecticut
Court Ends Consent Decree Imposed on DCF in 1991

Gov. Ned Lamont was joined by Attorney General William Tong and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Vanessa Dorantes Thursday afternoon to discuss the end to the consent decree imposed on DCF for more than three decades. The Juan F. Consent Decree stems from a 1991 settlement between the state and plaintiffs who alleged dangerous […]

Court Ends Consent Decree Imposed on DCF in 1991
15 March 2022 Connecticut Public Radio / WNPR
Motion would end federal oversight of Connecticut’s child welfare agency

After over three decades of federal court oversight, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families may see an end to the judicial arrangement. It was announced this week that the state and plaintiffs in the Juan F. consent decree filed a joint motion to end the oversight. “This is a big deal and a tremendous […]

Motion would end federal oversight of Connecticut’s child welfare agency
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