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Children’s Rights In the News

16 December 2018 The New York Times
Letter to the Editor: Foster Children Who Run Away

“Cuffing and locking up children who run away from foster care is cruel and pushes young people away from the care and services they need,” Children’s Rights Executive Director Sandy Santana writes in a New York Times Letter to the Editor.

Letter to the Editor: Foster Children Who Run Away
14 December 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Kids missing from group homes a common thread in Milwaukee sex trafficking

A new report found that 59% of victims had a history of being reported missing to Milwaukee police at least once. “These findings are a call to immediate action to protect at-risk children, especially in group homes, from being recruited into sex trafficking,” said Eric Thompson, an attorney for Children’s Rights.

Kids missing from group homes a common thread in Milwaukee sex trafficking
13 December 2018 Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania failing vulnerable children due to lack of oversight

“Children in Pennsylvania’s residential care are being harmed by the very system created to protect them because of a shocking lack of oversight and accountability,” said the report, written by staffers with the organizations, Children’s Rights and the Philadelphia‑based Education Law Center.

Pennsylvania failing vulnerable children due to lack of oversight
13 December 2018 Hechinger Report
New report: education problems in institutions for foster youth

Residential facilities in Pennsylvania are doing an inadequate job of educating foster children in their care, according to a new report from Children’s Rights and the Education Law Center. The advocacy groups are calling for greater state oversight of these facilities.

New report: education problems in institutions for foster youth
12 December 2018 KAKE
Kansas: How DCF aims to find missing kids

“Broken system.” “Extreme housing disruption.” These are words used in a lawsuit against Kansas leaders and Department for Children and Families. Kansas Appleseed, Children’s Rights, and National Center for Youth Law are fighting for the rights of 10 foster care children it said the system has failed.

Kansas: How DCF aims to find missing kids
21 November 2018 Dallas News
Texas judge exerts authority in aggressive plan to improve foster care system

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack, partially rebuked by appellate judges last month, has detailed her plans to force Texas to improve long-term foster care. In an order issued late Tuesday, Jack proposed to move aggressively to press for better supervision of — and more complete electronic case records for — the 12,000 Texas children who […]

Texas judge exerts authority in aggressive plan to improve foster care system
19 November 2018 Metro Weekly
LGBTQ Groups Call for Rejection of Religious Waiver in South Carolina

Lambda Legal and 75 national and state LGBTQ rights, civil rights, child welfare, and faith organizations, including Children’s Rights, have signed a letter requesting that HHS Secretary Alex Azar deny South Carolina’s request for a religious exemption for foster care agencies.

LGBTQ Groups Call for Rejection of Religious Waiver in South Carolina