As the Biden administration scrambled to deal with thousands of migrant children at the US-Mexico border this spring, officials were raising concerns that they were ditching “even the most basic safety procedures” and setting up facilities “run like disaster camps.” An internal document obtained by CNN sheds light on a federal agency under stress and […]
Children’s Rights In the News
It is profoundly disturbing that the Glen Mills School is seeking to reopen under a new name (Nov.11). In 2018, months before it was shut down, Children’s Rights documented 16 incidents of staff physical maltreatment at Glen Mills from March 2014 to January 2017, which equates to one incident of child maltreatment by staff every other month.
The Biden administration has revoked a Trump-era waiver that exempted federally funded foster care providers in three states from following nondiscrimination rules. The federal Department of Health and Human Services earlier this month said it would revert to the Obama-era nondiscrimination policy in the three states — Michigan, South Carolina and Texas — bringing them […]
Pairing families with social worker and parent advocates to help navigate the system has shown promise. But in Philadelphia, problems persist with racial bias and disregard for families. “I think what it comes down to is that it’s a system that doesn’t value families,” says Shereen White, a former attorney in the Philadelphia Public Defender’s […]
Officials try to put children in psychiatric facilities near family. But when they can’t find a placement locally, the kids are sent to out of state centers — some that have been accused of physical and sexual abuse and other mistreatment.
A bill introduced before Congress on Thursday would remove virtually all federal requirements that states seek to terminate the rights of parents within a specific timeline in child welfare cases, repealing a ticking clock that has been criticized for exacerbating racial disproportionality and shutting the door on parents fighting to overcome addiction, domestic violence, health […]
About 17% of children in Alabama’s residential foster care facilities have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 37% of eligible youth statewide, according to data obtained from the Department of Human Resources.
“I was a zombie,” Jimmy said. “I was on seven psychotropic medications when I was 14 years old. I couldn’t eat. I had chest pain.” Jimmy knew even at that age he didn’t need all the medications he was being prescribed. He needed a home and healing for the trauma he had experienced before and […]
The Department for Children and Families says it works to make sure gay, lesbian and transgender foster children end up in welcoming homes, but nothing in state law requires special consideration. Christina Remlin, lead counsel at Children’s Rights, said training requirements in Kansas can be helpful, but states need laws in place to fully protect […]
The facts are so stacked against a sheriff in metro Atlanta, Georgia, that there’s no need for a lengthy, expensive trial, according to a federal judge: The DeKalb County sheriff violated the educational rights of disabled students locked up in the county’s adult jail, which is run by the sheriff. The rather unusual “summary judgment” […]