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Children’s Rights In the News

17 March 2021 The Imprint
Texas Lawmaker Wants to Give Relative Caregivers a Raise

Mercedes Bristol was already caring for an infant grandchild when her son dropped off his other four kids at her San Antonio home for what she thought would be an overnight stay. She didn’t have beds for them but figured they’d be OK for one night. That was 10 years ago, and they never left. “When […]

Texas Lawmaker Wants to Give Relative Caregivers a Raise
4 March 2021 The Imprint
Report Calls for End to Group Settings for Foster Youth

It’s time to stop placing American foster children in institutions and other group settings, according to a new report by the national child welfare group Children’s Rights. Continuing the practice, the report argues, unnecessarily harms children in government care. Before offering a strategy for change, the report makes the case that taxpayers are needlessly spending millions to maintain […]

Report Calls for End to Group Settings for Foster Youth
2 March 2021 MetroWeekly
Nation’s largest evangelical adoption agency will allow same-sex parents

Bethany Christian Services, the country’s largest evangelical adoption and foster care agency, has announced it will begin placing children with LGBTQ couples. The Michigan-based agency, which has offices in 32 different states, announced on Monday that it would no longer refuse to place children with same-sex couples and other prospective parents that the agency previously […]

Nation’s largest evangelical adoption agency will allow same-sex parents
19 February 2021 The Texas Tribune
Judge says Texas officials need to speed up foster care reforms

Two years after U.S. District Judge Janis Jack ordered a long list of reforms for the Texas foster care system, state health and human services officials have made some improvements. But on Tuesday, Jack again decided they haven’t done enough. In a quick morning hearing, Jack said she will give state officials until May to […]

Judge says Texas officials need to speed up foster care reforms
12 February 2021 AZ Central
Foster-care deal wins court OK, setting a new path for children, but critics remain skeptical

An agreement intended to improve conditions for children in Arizona’s child-welfare system won final approval from a federal judge on Friday, capping a six-year legal battle. U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver blessed the agreement after hearing more than 2 ½ hours of public comment on the plan hammered out by attorneys for the Arizona Department of Child […]

Foster-care deal wins court OK, setting a new path for children, but critics remain skeptical
9 February 2021 Dallas News
Chaos, riots, arrests of children at private foster treatment facility outrage judge, state leaders

AUSTIN — State leaders and the judge presiding in a Texas foster care lawsuit said Tuesday they’re distressed by a new report in which court-appointed monitors said they found chaos, self-harm and child-on-child sexual activity running rampant in recent months at a private treatment facility in Galveston County. A residential treatment center operated by Devereux […]

Chaos, riots, arrests of children at private foster treatment facility outrage judge, state leaders
9 February 2021 azcentral
A 6-year legal fight over Arizona foster care could end this week

A six-year drive to reform the state’s foster-care system could end Friday, when a federal judge will consider final approval of a class-action settlement. The settlement, reached in negotiations between the Arizona Department of Child Safety and child-welfare advocates, outlines four major areas of improvement. Attorneys for both sides say they expect the settlement, which […]

A 6-year legal fight over Arizona foster care could end this week
4 February 2021 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
‘An important moment’: Progress in protecting Milwaukee County’s most vulnerable children means federal oversight could be ending

A legal settlement that governs the state’s child welfare work in Milwaukee County could be coming to a close because the state has met nearly all of its requirements when it comes to better protecting some of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable children. The state Department of Children and Families and Children’s Rights, which brought a lawsuit nearly three decades […]

‘An important moment’: Progress in protecting Milwaukee County’s most vulnerable children means federal oversight could be ending
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