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Children’s Rights In the News

13 January 2021 Imprint News
Trump Finalizes 11th-hour Rule Change Allowing Religious and Sex-Based Discrimination

“It is unconscionable that in its closing days, this administration is finalizing a rule change that would roll back non-discrimination provisions for programs funded with taxpayer dollars through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including child welfare agencies,” said Christina Remlin, lead counsel for Children’s Rights, which has spent the past year speaking […]

Trump Finalizes 11th-hour Rule Change Allowing Religious and Sex-Based Discrimination
7 January 2021 Maine Public
Maine Foster Kids Are Being Given Psychotropic Drugs Without Proper Safeguards, Lawsuit Claims

A federal class action lawsuit filed against the state of Maine alleging that hundreds of children in foster care are being given potentially harmful psychotropic drugs without adequate safeguards. The suit is asking the state to take several immediate steps to protect kids’ constitutional rights. Brought by the national advocacy group, Children’s Rights, the Portland, […]

Maine Foster Kids Are Being Given Psychotropic Drugs Without Proper Safeguards, Lawsuit Claims
17 December 2020 NBC News
A profitable ‘death trap’: Sequel youth facilities raked in millions while accused of abusing children

Christy Johnson’s heart dropped in February when she first stepped into a facility for children with serious mental and behavioral health issues in Courtland, a few miles from the Tennessee River in northern Alabama, run by Sequel Youth & Family Services. “There was a particular room,” said Johnson, investigations supervisor for the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy […]

A profitable ‘death trap’: Sequel youth facilities raked in millions while accused of abusing children
16 December 2020 Children's Bureau Express, Sandy Santana
Supporting Families Gives Children Their Best Chance

As 2020 draws to a close, our nation’s children—despite strides made over the last year to keep them safe—are still being harmed in the very child welfare systems meant to protect them. We keep relearning the same lesson: the state is not a good parent, and it cannot effectively substitute a parent-child bond with a […]

Supporting Families Gives Children Their Best Chance
28 November 2020 Associated Press
Child Advocate: Foster Care Lawsuit Necessary After Inaction

A lawsuit seeking to boost support payments for Ohio children in the custody of adult relatives was necessary because of the state’s inaction in addressing a disparity in those payments, an advocate for foster children said. At issue in the federal lawsuit filed Nov. 19 are payments to relatives who aren’t licensed caregivers but are approved to […]

Child Advocate: Foster Care Lawsuit Necessary After Inaction
19 November 2020 Associated Press
Ohio sued over lower payments to relatives caring for kids

People in Ohio who have taken custody of children they’re related to are being illegally denied state foster care payments to help cover their child-raising costs, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. At issue are payments to relatives who aren’t licensed caregivers but are approved to care for children taken from their parents. The […]

Ohio sued over lower payments to relatives caring for kids
12 November 2020 The Imprint
LGBTQ Foster Youth in New York City: Strong in Numbers, Struggling in Care

Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel of the New York City-based pro bono law firm Children’s Rights — which represents foster youth nationwide — said the Children’s Services survey “confirms the risks and the dangers that we expect to see and do see all over the country.” Children’s Rights, along with other advocacy groups, including Lambda […]

LGBTQ Foster Youth in New York City: Strong in Numbers, Struggling in Care
11 November 2020 Lansing State Journal
Michigan’s child welfare system makes progress, but flawed data, poor oversight still endanger kids

Michigan has made progress toward fixing its troubled child welfare system but problems with data tracking and poor oversight still endanger foster children, court monitors told a federal judge on Tuesday. Some of those shortcomings, primarily the state’s failure to say how many foster children were abused or neglected, show serious issues with the state’s ability to keep children […]

Michigan’s child welfare system makes progress, but flawed data, poor oversight still endanger kids