Press Releases

December 6, 2022

New Lawsuit Asserts North Carolina Discriminates Against Disabled Children in Foster Care

Advocates for civil, disability, and children’s rights filed a federal lawsuit today against the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for its pervasive, system-wide practice of unnecessarily warehousing children with disabilities in foster care in dangerous, locked psychiatric institutions—a harmful, unlawful practice that also falls most heavily on children of color.

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October 28, 2022

Stories of Inspiration & Accomplishment Lift Hearts & Raise Paddles to Support Kids and Families at Children’s Rights 2022 Benefit

NEW YORK – On Thursday, October 27, Children’s Rights, a leading national organization focused on the rights of children, hosted its annual Benefit & Inspiration Awards event in New York City. Under the banner Childhood Is Our First Right, hundreds of the city’s most committed advocates for children came together to celebrate Children’s Rights, which […]

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September 19, 2022


For press inquiries: Christina Ostmeyer, costmeyer@kansasappleseed.org; Willis Jacobson, wjacobson@youthlaw.org; Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org; Jeffery Rotenber, jeffrey.rotenberg@dlapiper.com (Kansas City, KS) — Today, a report on the State of Kansas’ progress in calendar year 2021 toward achieving the Performance Goals, Practice Improvements, and Outcomes of the McIntyre v. Howard Settlement Agreement was released by the Center for the […]

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August 30, 2022

UN Calls for US Action to Address Racial Injustice in Child Welfare System

UN Committee recommends US take all appropriate measures to eliminate racial discrimination in the child welfare system following testimony from Children’s Rights and partner advocates Media Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org GENEVA —On August 30, The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) issued its Concluding Observations following its review of the performance […]

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August 22, 2022

Children’s Rights Receives Sozosei Foundation Grant to Address Criminalization of Child Mental Health

Contact: Camilla Jenkins │917-971-1784 │cjenkins@childrensrights.org NEW YORK –The Sozosei Foundation has awarded Children’s Rights a grant to further its work to end the institutionalization and criminalization of children, youth and young adults with mental health conditions, and instead make sure they get the care they need at home, within their own communities. “At the Sozosei […]

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July 14, 2022

National Advocates Call on UN to Review Racial Injustice in U.S. Child Welfare System

Contacts: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org; Anjli Parrin, hri@law.columbia.edu NEW YORK, NY—Ahead of an upcoming meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), more than 25 advocates and civil rights organizations have signed on to a new report submitted today by Children’s Rights and the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School. The […]

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June 27, 2022

Children’s Rights Congratulates Lambda and Americans United on Victory for Lesbian Woman Rejected by Foster Care Agency

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org   Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Lambda Legal today declared victory on behalf of Kelly Easter, a Tennessee woman who for more than two years had been denied the opportunity to foster refugee children solely because she is a lesbian. The organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of […]

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June 6, 2022

Washington State Reaches Groundbreaking Federal Class-Action Settlement for Youth in Foster Care

Contact: Willis Jacobson, National Center for Youth Law: wjacobson@youthlaw.org | media@youthlaw.org; Susan Kas, Disability Rights Washington: susank@dr-wa.org; Camilla Jenkins, Children’s Rights: cjenkins@childrensright.org; Jason Wettstein, Department of Children, Youth, and Families: Jason.Wettstein@dcyf.wa.gov   State commits to significant transformations of Washington’s foster care system.   SEATTLE — Today, Washington’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) settled D.S. v. Washington […]

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May 31, 2022

Children’s Rights Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Plaintiffs in Alaska Supreme Court Case on Social Security Benefits for Older Youth

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org   NEW YORK, NY—Children’s Rights, together with other national children’s advocacy organizations, has joined an Amicus Brief supporting plaintiffs in a case before the Alaska Supreme Court. The case involves Alaska’s practice of applying for and seizing the Social Security benefits of eligible older youth in foster care without notifying them or […]

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May 17, 2022

Children’s Rights and Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute in Letter to United Nations Committee: Racial Injustice in Child Welfare is an Urgent Human Rights Issue

On May 16, Children’s Rights and the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School submitted a letter to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination asking that it address racial discrimination within the child welfare system in an upcoming review of the U.S. regarding all forms of racial discrimination.

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