In this six-part series on the U.S. foster care system, our litigation director Ira Lustbader speaks on the “highly vulnerable kids in government custody” Children’s Rights protects: “Often, vulnerable poor families don’t have the money or the power to push back against government intervention…Families are ripped apart for poverty and not abuse.”
Children’s Rights In the News
Executive Director Sandy Santana and Children’s Rights are featured in this article about Dontay Davis, who entered foster care in Texas at age 8 and was separated from his siblings, shuffled through several placements, placed in restrictive group homes, and experienced the hallmarks of the foster care to prison pipeline.
“With the growth of psychotropic medications prescribed for all sorts of mental health issues, we have fallen into a system where it is easier to give a child a pill than to be patient and engage in therapies.”
Missouri will have to overhaul how it monitors children in foster care on psychotropic drugs as part of a settlement agreement finalized this past week.
“There is no reason to wait more than two years to end this cruel and inhumane practice,” testified Daniele Gerard, a staff attorney at the nonprofit Children’s Rights speaking out on the need to end solitary confinement.
In an effort to meet reforms in the class action brought by Children’s Rights, the SC Social Services Department plans to ask state lawmakers next year to spend $126.9 million in the state’s upcoming budget to help, in part, raise salaries for child caseworkers and other staff.
US District Judge Janis Graham Jack has been the presiding judge on a lawsuit filed by a children’s rights organization in 2011. The suit alleges that the state of Texas, which has around 30,000 children in foster care on any given day, has stretched its resources and caseworkers too thin, placing children in perilous situations.
Speaking on the foster care to prison pipeline, Executive Director Sandy Santana calls this troubling trend “the criminalization of the behavior of children who have been traumatized.”
A federal judge on Tuesday slapped $50,000 a day in fines on Texas’ protective services agency for flouting her orders on nighttime watches of foster children in group settings.
An exasperated U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack found the state in contempt of court for failing to comply with some of her earlier orders in the wide-ranging lawsuit filed on behalf of Texas foster children.