“Our faith traditions teach us to treat everyone, especially those in need, with the dignity and respect we want for ourselves,” said Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, in the statement. “That’s why the Interfaith Coalition was formed: to focus on children in foster care.”
Children’s Rights In the News
As Michigan moves to pull the plug on a computer system whose poor performance has made it difficult to track progress in foster care reform, Samantha Bartosz comments on improvements the state has committed to: “They can say, ‘This home is unsuitable.’ They can demand certain things be done.”
Samantha Bartosz, the deputy director of litigation strategy for Children’s Rights, told the judge she feels the group and the state have reached a “sound resolution” in moving forward on the issues that prompted the lawsuit.
Sandy Santana and Ruth Messinger condemn federal and state policies that allow discrimination in foster care and adoption, which limit the number of available homes to foster children.
Mentally ill students at Iowa’s State Training School for Boys are “exquisitely vulnerable” to long-lasting psychological harm from being placed in isolation cells or being strapped to a bed with a large Velcro device, a psychiatrist testified in federal court this week.
In a case brought by Children’s Rights and our partners, Iowa teens present testimony in an ongoing federal trial challenging the constitutionality of Iowa’s treatment of troubled youth at the State Training School for Boys in Eldora.
A state-run school for delinquent teenage boys has failed to meet professional standards for treating and screening mental illness, according to expert witness testimony during the opening day of a federal trial against the Boys State Training School in Eldora.
Sandy Santana is quoted commending the introduction of the ECDF Act: “The bottom line is that our country’s most vulnerable children need access to as many safe and loving homes as possible. The ECDF Act will provide exactly that, and prevent agencies from discriminating against qualified families simply because they do not pass a religious […]
Samantha Bartosz, deputy director of litigation at Children’s Rights, is quoted in this article about the use of psychotropic drugs in North Dakota foster care: “A foster child gets on a drug, moves homes two or three times and collects different prescriptions along the way.”
Baker McKenzie recently partnered with Children’s Rights and other organizations on a pro bono basis to secure a win for vulnerable children in the Southern Region of Florida (Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties) in the United States.