White, the daughter of a dad who aged out of foster care, said she was overjoyed and honored to begin working in her new position. “There is no feeling like knowing you are where you are supposed to be, doing the work you were intended to do, alongside people you were meant to do it with,” […]
Children’s Rights In the News
“This case is all about fairness. It challenges Ohio’s practice of providing significantly less financial support for foster children living with approved relative caregivers than for children living with non-relative, licensed caregivers,” said Lustbader. “Because Black children make up a disproportionate share of the pool of relative foster families, those families in particular carry an […]
“We remain steadfast in our conviction that the law requires the same support to approved relative foster caregivers on behalf of the children as it provides to licensed foster caregivers,” said attorney Richard Dawahare.
Patrice Ismael-Gantt knew she always wanted to foster kids. When she was a special education teacher and intensive in-home therapist, she spent a lot of time with children in dire home situations. “You see so many cases where you’re in these situations where you can’t help because you’re not their legal guardian,” Ismael-Gantt said. “And […]
Since the start of the pandemic, kids have been some of the most affected – cut off from school, friends and the normal rhythms of childhood. The unfortunate result has been a national surge in childhood anxiety and depression. Children in foster care have been hit especially hard, often being forced to relocate multiple times, […]
Christina Remlin, the lead counsel for Children’s Rights, helps break down the decision in the recent Supreme Court case over the right of faith-based child welfare providers to choose who they will work with based on religious beliefs.
Christina Wilson Remlin with the child welfare organization Children’s Rights, said the decision Thursday underscored the need for a congressional response. “The Supreme Court’s 9-0 ruling is based on narrow grounds limited to the facts of this case,” she said. But it “drives home why we need to pass federal legislation to provide consistent anti-discrimination protections […]
In a widely watched case focused on the rights of religious groups to discriminate in child welfare work, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Philadelphia service provider can continue to restrict its home studies for foster care and adoption to only those couples meeting traditional heterosexual standards. Christina Remlin, lead counsel for the […]
“We were very concerned to read about some of the safety issues that are still persisting, some of them worsening [in] unlicensed relative homes and in the child caring institutions, or group home facilities,” said Children’s Rights attorney Elizabeth Pitman Gretter. “[The state] is really struggling to perform some of those basic safety checks and to oversee […]
Ma’Khia Bryant was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer during an altercation at the foster home where she was living. While an investigation is still underway, one thing we do know is that the system responsible for keeping the 16-year-old safe failed her in critical ways. Remembered by family and teachers as a quiet, diligent, […]