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Children’s Rights In the News

9 February 2021 azcentral
A 6-year legal fight over Arizona foster care could end this week

A six-year drive to reform the state’s foster-care system could end Friday, when a federal judge will consider final approval of a class-action settlement. The settlement, reached in negotiations between the Arizona Department of Child Safety and child-welfare advocates, outlines four major areas of improvement. Attorneys for both sides say they expect the settlement, which […]

A 6-year legal fight over Arizona foster care could end this week
4 February 2021 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
‘An important moment’: Progress in protecting Milwaukee County’s most vulnerable children means federal oversight could be ending

A legal settlement that governs the state’s child welfare work in Milwaukee County could be coming to a close because the state has met nearly all of its requirements when it comes to better protecting some of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable children. The state Department of Children and Families and Children’s Rights, which brought a lawsuit nearly three decades […]

‘An important moment’: Progress in protecting Milwaukee County’s most vulnerable children means federal oversight could be ending
29 January 2021 Atlanta
DeKalb school system agrees to provide special ed programs in jail

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Thomas Thrash in Atlanta recently certified the lawsuit as a class action, meaning it will affect all those at the jail who qualify for special education services. “This decision allows us to represent not just our clients but the hundreds of other students like them who pass through the DeKalb […]

DeKalb school system agrees to provide special ed programs in jail
28 January 2021 Associated Press
Judge approves settlement in Kansas child welfare lawsuit

A federal judge approved on Thursday a settlement that aims to fix problems in the child welfare system in Kansas. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree said in his ruling that the agreement provides “real value” to the more than 7,000 children in the foster care system. The judge said it addresses needs identified in the […]

Judge approves settlement in Kansas child welfare lawsuit
26 January 2021 Anti-Racism Daily
Understand inequities in child welfare

Initially, Black families were excluded from child welfare systems entirely. It wasn’t until child welfare legislation was fully developed in the late 20th century that the focus shifted to families of color. Later, the welfare system became a means of separating Black families and facilitating unnecessary transracial adoptions. Black children are separated from their parents […]

Understand inequities in child welfare
23 January 2021 13WIBW
Kansas foster care system to get federal court mandated overhaul

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (WIBW) – The Kansas foster care system will soon see some dramatic changes regarding housing and mental health of children in state care. Kansas Appleseed says on Friday, a federal judge indicated that he plans to approve a settlement agreement between attorneys that represent almost 7,000 children in foster care and Kansas […]

Kansas foster care system to get federal court mandated overhaul
19 January 2021 Central Maine
Reps. Gramlich and Madigan: Concerns for foster kids highlight system that falls short

As lifelong advocates for the health and protection of Maine’s children, we are stunned by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ difficulties addressing the issue of monitoring the prescription of psychotropic drugs among our state’s fostered population. According to a Jan. 7 article in the Portland Press Herald, children’s advocates have filed federal suit […]

Reps. Gramlich and Madigan: Concerns for foster kids highlight system that falls short
13 January 2021 Portland Press Herald
Letter to the Editor: Foster care system needs further reform

The recent lawsuit filed against Maine DHHS alleging the overuse and misuse of psychotropic medications for children in state custody underscores the need for continued vigilance to ensure Maine’s most vulnerable kids are getting the care they need. Children who have experienced abuse or neglect at home and need to be removed for their safety […]

Letter to the Editor: Foster care system needs further reform
13 January 2021 Imprint News
Trump Finalizes 11th-hour Rule Change Allowing Religious and Sex-Based Discrimination

“It is unconscionable that in its closing days, this administration is finalizing a rule change that would roll back non-discrimination provisions for programs funded with taxpayer dollars through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including child welfare agencies,” said Christina Remlin, lead counsel for Children’s Rights, which has spent the past year speaking […]

Trump Finalizes 11th-hour Rule Change Allowing Religious and Sex-Based Discrimination
7 January 2021 Maine Public
Maine Foster Kids Are Being Given Psychotropic Drugs Without Proper Safeguards, Lawsuit Claims

A federal class action lawsuit filed against the state of Maine alleging that hundreds of children in foster care are being given potentially harmful psychotropic drugs without adequate safeguards. The suit is asking the state to take several immediate steps to protect kids’ constitutional rights. Brought by the national advocacy group, Children’s Rights, the Portland, […]

Maine Foster Kids Are Being Given Psychotropic Drugs Without Proper Safeguards, Lawsuit Claims
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