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Children’s Rights In the News

17 August 2022 The Imprint
United Nations Panel Presses Biden Officials on Racial Discrimination in Child Welfare

Accusations of racism in the U.S. child welfare system reached the United Nations this month, with American officials pressed on why so many Black families are torn apart by foster care. During a public hearing Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination confronted officials with the Biden administration. Speaking […]

United Nations Panel Presses Biden Officials on Racial Discrimination in Child Welfare
11 July 2022 NBC News
The state took children from their parents — then failed to give them a ‘real’ education

Foster youth in Michigan say the classes they took in state-funded facilities didn’t count toward graduation. Some dropped out. “I felt destroyed,” one said, “like everything I did was for nothing.” Educational issues in these facilities often don’t get much attention, because the facilities also face urgent challenges in hiring qualified staff and managing tense […]

The state took children from their parents — then failed to give them a ‘real’ education
20 June 2022 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Foster children housed in child welfare offices; officials work to end practice

For about a year, teenage foster children who have been deemed to be difficult to place with families have been sleeping in state offices in Fulton County, and the practice had led to unsafe conditions for both the teens and those trying to help them, caseworkers and advocates say. “It’s a requirement, both constitutionally and […]

Foster children housed in child welfare offices; officials work to end practice
16 May 2022 Newsweek
We Must Do More for Children Seeking Safety at Our Borders

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen devastating images of children and families fleeing war and violence in Ukraine, seeking refuge in neighboring nations. It is an unimaginable prospect for these children, and one that is unfortunately all too common. Every day, in regions all across the world, violence, instability and poverty force children to […]

We Must Do More for Children Seeking Safety at Our Borders
26 April 2022 Family Integrity and Justice Works
Help Not Hotlines: Replacing Mandated Reporting for Neglect with a New Framework for Family Support

There is no shortage of calls to reimagine legal and social systems and rethink the concept of safety in order to strengthen and empower communities as recognition of the detrimental effects of these systems on marginalized communities grows. As these calls draw every system in this country under a microscope, we must examine and dismantle […]

Help Not Hotlines: Replacing Mandated Reporting for Neglect with a New Framework for Family Support
5 April 2022 Vice
Migrant Kids Face Danger, Trauma, and Separation at ‘Hellhole’ Border Tent Camp

Last spring, Kaitlin Hess paused her day job as a scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency to answer the Biden administration’s call for volunteers at the border, where thousands of migrant children were arriving unaccompanied, without adult relatives to care for them. Hess, a 34-year-old who normally helps clean up hazardous waste sites, was deployed […]

Migrant Kids Face Danger, Trauma, and Separation at ‘Hellhole’ Border Tent Camp
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