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Children’s Rights In the News

17 September 2021 Concord Monitor
Lawsuit over state’s treatment of foster children with mental illness will proceed

A lawsuit over the state’s treatment of older foster children with mental illness will move forward after the United States District Court of New Hampshire issued a ruling Thursday denying the state’s motion to dismiss. The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU of New Hampshire, the Disability Rights Center-NH and others in Jan. 2021, claims that […]

Lawsuit over state’s treatment of foster children with mental illness will proceed
17 September 2021 American Psychological Association
Mismanagement of psychotropics in the foster care system

In 2015, Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, JD, drew attention to the problems with prescribing psychotropic medications to foster children. She noted that serious deficits persisted regarding inadequate informed consent and insufficient oversight and that there was a dearth of education and availability of nonpharmacological treatments to address the mental health needs of […]

Mismanagement of psychotropics in the foster care system
17 September 2021 The Imprint
More than 300,000 Sign Petition to End For-Profit Foster Care

More than a quarter-million people have signed a petition calling on the federal government to ban for-profit companies from the network of homes and institutions caring for the nation’s foster children. Organizers with a coalition of leading advocacy groups aim to accumulate 430,000 signatures — one for every child living in American foster care — before heading to […]

More than 300,000 Sign Petition to End For-Profit Foster Care
10 August 2021 The Imprint
Children’s Rights Names Shereen White As its First Policy Director

White, the daughter of a dad who aged out of foster care, said she was overjoyed and honored to begin working in her new position. “There is no feeling like knowing you are where you are supposed to be, doing the work you were intended to do, alongside people you were meant to do it with,” […]

Children’s Rights Names Shereen White As its First Policy Director
2 August 2021 The Imprint
Judges Toss Class Actions Against Ohio, West Virginia

“This case is all about fairness. It challenges Ohio’s practice of providing significantly less financial support for foster children living with approved relative caregivers than for children living with non-relative, licensed caregivers,” said Lustbader. “Because Black children make up a disproportionate share of the pool of relative foster families, those families in particular carry an […]

Judges Toss Class Actions Against Ohio, West Virginia