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Children’s Rights In the News

10 August 2021 The Imprint
Children’s Rights Names Shereen White As its First Policy Director

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 Names Shereen White As its First Policy Director
2 August 2021 The Imprint
Judges Toss Class Actions Against Ohio, West Virginia

“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 […]

Judges Toss Class Actions Against Ohio, West Virginia
19 July 2021 Richmond Times-Dispatch
Barriers exist for LGBTQ people as both foster parents and foster children

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 […]

Barriers exist for LGBTQ people as both foster parents and foster children
28 June 2021 Little Black Book Online
Matter Unlimited Delivers with ‘Bricks for Kids’ Installation to Raise Awareness of Children’s Mental Health

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, […]

Matter Unlimited Delivers with ‘Bricks for Kids’ Installation to Raise Awareness of Children’s Mental Health
18 June 2021 USA Today
Supreme Court foster care ruling likely to prompt more tests of religion vs. LGBTQ rights

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 […]

Supreme Court foster care ruling likely to prompt more tests of religion vs. LGBTQ rights
7 June 2021 Lansing State Journal
Court monitors find continued safety issues in Michigan child welfare system

“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 […]

Court monitors find continued safety issues in Michigan child welfare system
3 June 2021 The Columbus Dispatch
Opinion: Ma’Khia Bryant’s case highlights why Ohio’s family members who take on kin in state custody need equal payment

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, […]

Opinion: Ma’Khia Bryant’s case highlights why Ohio’s family members who take on kin in state custody need equal payment
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