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Children’s Rights In the News

19 December 2018 Colorlines
Civil Rights Orgs Cautiously Optimistic About Senate Vote on FIRST STEP Act

Sandy Santana, executive director for Children’s Rights, issued this statement: “We are pleased that the Senate took steps to reverse some of the most onerous policies in our nation’s broken criminal justice system by passing the bipartisan FIRST STEP fAct and ending the cruel practice of juvenile solitary confinement at the federal level.”

Civil Rights Orgs Cautiously Optimistic About Senate Vote on FIRST STEP Act
17 December 2018 WESA
Study Raises Questions About Oversight of PA Facilities for Foster Youth

“No child should ever be removed from their home and then harmed in the places that they are supposed to be placed to be safe,” said Elissa Glucksman Hyne, a senior policy analyst at the New York-based nonprofit, Children’s Rights. “If that happens, then we would hope that something is done about it.”

Study Raises Questions About Oversight of PA Facilities for Foster Youth
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