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Children’s Rights In the News

4 November 2021 Imprint News
Historic Bill Would Remove Federal Requirement to Terminate Parental Rights in Some Cases

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 […]

Historic Bill Would Remove Federal Requirement to Terminate Parental Rights in Some Cases
12 October 2021 The American Bar Association
Youth Assent to Psychotropic Medication in Foster Care is a Basic Human Right

“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 […]

Youth Assent to Psychotropic Medication in Foster Care is a Basic Human Right
24 September 2021 KCUR | NPR in Kansas City
LGBTQ Foster Kids In Kansas Have No Guarantee They’ll Land In Homes That Accept Their Identity

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 […]

LGBTQ Foster Kids In Kansas Have No Guarantee They’ll Land In Homes That Accept Their Identity
23 September 2021 The Imprint
Federal Judge Decides Georgia Students in Adult Jails Entitled to Education

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” […]

Federal Judge Decides Georgia Students in Adult Jails Entitled to Education
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