Among the child welfare experts dismayed by the separations is Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights. “The trauma can have life-long consequences for these kids, so a good system tries to return the child to the parent as soon as possible when safety is not an issue,” he said.
Children’s Rights In the News
Children’s Rights’ petition to keep families together is featured in this article: “One petition created on Change.Org, entitled ‘Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border’, was started by Children’s Rights.”
An unexpected (and gracious) offer of office space and pro bono support from Hall Booth has allowed Children’s Rights to open a much-needed location in the South.
In Children’s Rights’ class action, Tennessee child welfare officials continue to make progress in improving the quality of care months after longstanding federal oversight was removed.
Featured in this article, the State Training School for Boys in Eldora, Iowa is the focus of an ongoing federal lawsuit filed by Disability Rights Iowa and Children’s Rights.
Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin is quoted in this article about foster care and juvenile justice: “For teenagers in foster care, they’re already a group of kids that our society looks down on and thinks is troubled, so having a juvenile justice charge only exacerbates all those existing vulnerabilities.”
Children’s Rights attorney Stephen Dixon is quoted in this article about adoption practice and policy in Texas: “The practice in most parts of Texas is to file a termination for parental rights petition at the beginning of most cases even if there is no real indication that termination is needed at that point.”
The Post and Courier cites Children’s Rights’ lawsuit in South Carolina, reporting on the need for more foster families in the state.
Litigation Director Ira Lustbader is quoted in this article about aging out. “The system is designed to provide support and caring, yet for so many kids it inflicts more trauma than where they came from.”
Sandy Santana is quoted in this article about foster care in the U.S.: “Foster kids aren’t readily visible in our communities. They’re politically powerless. There’s no lobby advocating for foster kids in a big way,” said Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, an organization that uses the court system to bring about change.