“LGBTQ youth could find themselves targeted by the very system charged with keeping them safe,” says Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin in this forecast of upcoming religious freedom laws that could impact child welfare.
Children’s Rights In the News
Christina Wilson Remlin responds to reports of abuse at Glen Mills as symptomatic of a state-wide, systemic culture of violence in Pennsylvania residential foster care.
Ira Lustbader, litigation director, is quoted: “We have deep respect for Commissioner Dorantes as she takes on this leadership role, and we look forward to working with her and her team to move the agency forward.”
Children’s Rights is cited in this article about a new study from the University of Texas at Austin, which finds that LGBT+ teens in the United States are three times more likely than heterosexual teens to live in foster care.
Children’s Rights and our work to secure the right to counsel in Atlanta is cited in this article about a similar movement in Indiana.
Children’s Rights condemned the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to grant a waiver allowing South Carolina foster care providers to discriminate against non-Protestant prospective foster parents. Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin is quoted.
Christina Wilson Remlin is quoted in The New York Times: “Let’s call this decision what it is: state-sanctioned and government-funded discrimination.”
The federal government agreed Wednesday to allow federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina to deny services to same-sex or non-Christian couples. Children’s Rights is quoted.
Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin is quoted: “Along with our partners and allies on this issue, we are currently exploring all legal avenues.”
Sandy Santana and Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus Campaign for Children, advocate for policies that put the best interests of children first in the upcoming legislative session.