Deeply unsettling reports of violence at the State Training School at Eldora have prompted justified calls to increase safety at the facility. But we must seek to eliminate violence in all forms, write Harry Frischer, lead counsel at Children’s Rights, and Nathan Kirstein, staff attorney at Disability Rights Iowa.
Children’s Rights In the News
Samantha Bartosz is quoted in this article about a five-state report finding that children in foster care are given psychotropic drugs without adequate monitoring or oversight. “The report validates [Children’s Rights] work in several states including Missouri, where [Bartosz] is the lead attorney for the lawsuit.”
Last month, Reshma Moorthy, President of Frontier Technologies came together with Allen Riddick, Director of Supplier Diversity at Drexel University, to raise awareness among the Philadelphia business community of children’s rights for Children’s Rights.
No child belongs in a detention center: “ningún niño pertenece en un centro de detención.” Sandy Santana is quoted speaking out against the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the Flores agreement, which would allow the government to hold children indefinitely. (Spanish)
The South Carolina Department of Social Services continues to attempt to improve its child welfare system, including the removal of young children out of group homes. Children’s Rights’ partner Sue Berkowitz, executive director of South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, is quoted.
Connecticut’s DCF has satisfied four more of the measures required by the federal government as a result of a case brought by Children’s Rights, according to the latest Court Monitor’s Office report.
Ira Lustbader is quoted in this article about progress in Connecticut’s foster care and child welfare system: “What’s at stake could not be more serious. It’s the integrity of families and the safety and well-being of children that are brought under the protection of the state.
Samantha Bartosz is quoted in this Buzzfeed article about the harmful misuse of psychotropic drugs in Missouri foster care.
Christina Wilson Remlin discusses new anti-LGBTQ legislation that targets queer youth in out of home care by attempting to give service providers a license to discriminate.
More than 200 civil rights organizations, religious groups, and child welfare organizations signed a letter to members of Congress opposing legislation that would authorize discrimination in the child welfare system.