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Children’s Rights In the News

24 March 2022 News 8 WTNH
Abused, neglected kids protected after dynamic shift for DCF

For more than 30 years, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been operating under the watchful eye of a court monitor. Now, there is a big change for the state agency. State officials and a national children’s rights group celebrated a landmark settlement Thursday that frees the state from court oversight. “Today […]

Abused, neglected kids protected after dynamic shift for DCF
24 March 2022 NBC Connecticut
Court Ends Consent Decree Imposed on DCF in 1991

Gov. Ned Lamont was joined by Attorney General William Tong and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Vanessa Dorantes Thursday afternoon to discuss the end to the consent decree imposed on DCF for more than three decades. The Juan F. Consent Decree stems from a 1991 settlement between the state and plaintiffs who alleged dangerous […]

Court Ends Consent Decree Imposed on DCF in 1991
15 March 2022 Connecticut Public Radio / WNPR
Motion would end federal oversight of Connecticut’s child welfare agency

After over three decades of federal court oversight, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families may see an end to the judicial arrangement. It was announced this week that the state and plaintiffs in the Juan F. consent decree filed a joint motion to end the oversight. “This is a big deal and a tremendous […]

Motion would end federal oversight of Connecticut’s child welfare agency
9 March 2022 The Imprint
Don’t Let Foster Care Contracts Open a Back Door to Discrimination

About 20,000 children age out of the foster care system every year without a permanent family or home, forcing youth into instability and even homelessness. Many adults want to open their homes and hearts, but a state’s contracts may inadvertently stand in the way. This reality was brought into stark focus last month when Michigan […]

Don’t Let Foster Care Contracts Open a Back Door to Discrimination
3 March 2022 MetroWeekly
Judge Blocks Texas From Investigating Trans Teens Parents

A Texas state judge has blocked Texas’ child protection agency from investigating the parents of a transgender teenager for “child abuse” after they allowed her to receive gender-affirming medical care. The advocacy group Children’s Rights applauded the plaintiffs for bringing the lawsuit challenging Abbott’s “blatantly political” directive. “The Governor’s executive order risks causing irreparable harm […]

Judge Blocks Texas From Investigating Trans Teens Parents
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