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Children’s Rights In the News

2 February 2022 The Imprint
Michigan Settles With Catholic Foster Care Charity But Affirms Commitment to LGBTQ Community

Despite announcing plans to resume doing business with faith-based foster care agencies that don’t work with same-sex couples, Michigan recently reiterated its commitment to ensuring LGBTQ families feel welcome and valued as foster and adoptive parents. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced late last month that it would fall in line with […]

Michigan Settles With Catholic Foster Care Charity But Affirms Commitment to LGBTQ Community
1 February 2022 American Bar Association's Litigation Radio
The Need for Pro Bono

Children’s Rights chief program officer Ira Lustbader joins Dave Scriven-Young from ABA’s Litigation Radio alongside Anne Geraghty Helms and Julie Gryce of DLA Piper to talk about the incredible need for pro bono legal work and how lawyers and their firms can get involved. Learn more about our work, our case in Ohio, and the importance […]

The Need for Pro Bono
20 January 2022 The Detroit News
Monitors issue ‘devastating’ review of Michigan’s child welfare system

Two court monitors’ latest assessment of Michigan’s child welfare system was described by a federal judge Thursday as “just devastating,” despite a 15-year effort to reform the troubled system. “It was really depressing to read how little the state has accomplished,” said Judge Nancy Edmunds of the U.S. District Court of Michigan’s Eastern District. “If anything, we’ve slipped […]

Monitors issue ‘devastating’ review of Michigan’s child welfare system
23 December 2021 CBS News
U.S. shelters received a record 122,000 unaccompanied migrant children in 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) shelter system received 122,000 migrant children who were taken into U.S. custody without their parents in fiscal year 2021, an all-time high that shattered previous records, according to new government figures obtained by CBS News. Leecia Welch, a lawyer representing migrant children in a federal court case, said HHS […]

U.S. shelters received a record 122,000 unaccompanied migrant children in 2021
30 November 2021 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Glen Mills School needs more than just a new name

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.

Glen Mills School needs more than just a new name
30 November 2021 The Imprint
Biden Team Reverses Trump Rule on Faith-Based Discrimination in Foster Placement

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 […]

Biden Team Reverses Trump Rule on Faith-Based Discrimination in Foster Placement
15 November 2021
The Fight to Keep Families Together in Child Welfare

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 […]

The Fight to Keep Families Together in Child Welfare