“There are times when we need to use strong language to convey what this is,” Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, an organization that works with kids in the foster care system, tells Bustle. “It is now U.S. government policy to inflict — deliberately — trauma on children to punish parents.”
Children’s Rights In the News
Children’s Rights is featured in this article about advocacy groups working to end family separation. “In addition to partnering with the ACLU in a lawsuit against the policy, Children’s Rights has created a toolkit to guide those who wish to help end the ‘abhorrent’ policy.”
Among the child welfare experts dismayed by the separations is Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights. “The trauma can have life-long consequences for these kids, so a good system tries to return the child to the parent as soon as possible when safety is not an issue,” he said.
Children’s Rights’ petition to keep families together is featured in this article: “One petition created on Change.Org, entitled ‘Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border’, was started by Children’s Rights.”
An unexpected (and gracious) offer of office space and pro bono support from Hall Booth has allowed Children’s Rights to open a much-needed location in the South.
In Children’s Rights’ class action, Tennessee child welfare officials continue to make progress in improving the quality of care months after longstanding federal oversight was removed.
Featured in this article, the State Training School for Boys in Eldora, Iowa is the focus of an ongoing federal lawsuit filed by Disability Rights Iowa and Children’s Rights.
Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin is quoted in this article about foster care and juvenile justice: “For teenagers in foster care, they’re already a group of kids that our society looks down on and thinks is troubled, so having a juvenile justice charge only exacerbates all those existing vulnerabilities.”
Children’s Rights attorney Stephen Dixon is quoted in this article about adoption practice and policy in Texas: “The practice in most parts of Texas is to file a termination for parental rights petition at the beginning of most cases even if there is no real indication that termination is needed at that point.”
The Post and Courier cites Children’s Rights’ lawsuit in South Carolina, reporting on the need for more foster families in the state.