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Children’s Rights In the News

31 March 2020 The Gazette
Judge; Iowa Boys State Training School wrongly ‘punishes or tortures’ students

A federal judge issued a powerful decision in C.P.X. v. Garcia (formerly known as C.P.X. v. Foxhoven), a class action lawsuit brought against the Boys State Training School (BSTS) in Eldora, Iowa. Federal Judge Stephanie Rose holds the State liable for violating the constitutional rights of children at the School and ordered that a monitor be appointed to oversee […]

Judge; Iowa Boys State Training School wrongly ‘punishes or tortures’ students
25 March 2020 Associated Press
Supreme Court Won’t Review Arizona Foster-Care Lawsuit

A 2015 Arizona case seeking reform to the foster-care system was declined class-action status before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case will be taken to trial before U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver at a later date. “New York-based nonprofit Children’s Rights has brought similar lawsuits in other states, arguing the problems are systemic and […]

Supreme Court Won’t Review Arizona Foster-Care Lawsuit
20 March 2020 Modern Healthcare
HHS sued to block elimination of non-bias protections in grants

“This is part of the broader administration agenda of creating an authorization to discriminate based on religious or other deeply held beliefs. It opens an avenue for providers to force vulnerable young people to adopt their religious beliefs, even if that runs counter to the wellbeing of these young people,” said Christina Wilson Remlin, lead […]

HHS sued to block elimination of non-bias protections in grants
19 February 2020 Impact Fund
Indiscriminate Use of Psychotropics among Children in Foster Care Is a National Disgrace

I recently sat in a courtroom in Kansas City and listened to a foster mom, a grandfather, and a birth mother all speak with great emotion about the harm done to children they love. They had come to testify before the final hearing in the first federal class-action lawsuit to focus solely on the widespread and often dangerous use of psychotropic medications among youth in foster care.

Indiscriminate Use of Psychotropics among Children in Foster Care Is a National Disgrace
11 February 2020 Arizona Republic
5 years, $7 million in legal fees and no end in sight: Foster-care lawsuit drags on

A five-year legal battle over Arizona’s foster-care system has cost taxpayers more than $7 million, public records show. The spending is likely to continue: State child-welfare officials have turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in their bid to nullify the lawsuit’s class-action status. They have hired former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement to make their […]

5 years, $7 million in legal fees and no end in sight: Foster-care lawsuit drags on
3 February 2020 Connecticut Mirror
Connecticut makes strides in lowering social workers’ caseloads

Ira Lustbader, litigation director at Children’s Rights, and Steven Frederick, a partner at Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, co-counsels for the plaintiff in the Juan F. lawsuit, released a statement saying they are “encouraged by the areas of progress reflected in this report – especially sustained lower caseloads for DCF front line staff and the […]

Connecticut makes strides in lowering social workers’ caseloads
14 January 2020 The Advocate
Tennessee Lawmakers OK Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Adoption

The governor of Tennessee says he’ll sign a bill giving faith-based adoption and foster care agencies legal cover to turn away same-sex couples and other prospective parents who offend the agencies’ religious beliefs. Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel for Children’s Rights, is quoted: “We vehemently oppose any move that would limit the number of safe and loving homes available to children who need and deserve them.”

Tennessee Lawmakers OK Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Adoption
9 January 2020 Chronicle of Social Change
Kansas Creates New Agency to Lead Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Services

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced yesterday she will create a new agency that houses child welfare and juvenile justice services at the state level. Kansas has grappled with challenges in its foster care system, getting hit with a class-action lawsuit by the National Center for Youth Law, Children’s Rights and Kansas Appleseed prior to Kelly’s election. In October, Kelly asked to be removed from the suit, stating that she doesn’t actually oversee the state’s foster care system.

Kansas Creates New Agency to Lead Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Services
15 December 2019 Kansas City Star
US Foster Care Problems Lead Kids to Prison & Homelessness

In this six-part series on the U.S. foster care system, our litigation director Ira Lustbader speaks on the “highly vulnerable kids in government custody” Children’s Rights protects: “Often, vulnerable poor families don’t have the money or the power to push back against government intervention…Families are ripped apart for poverty and not abuse.”

US Foster Care Problems Lead Kids to Prison & Homelessness

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