Press Releases

March 14, 2022

State of Connecticut and Children’s Attorneys Jointly Request End to Child Welfare Lawsuit, Citing Dramatic Improvements for Children and Families

Bridgeport, CT – Today, marking a milestone victory for Connecticut children and families, the parties to the Juan F. v. Lamont class action lawsuit jointly filed a motion to exit federal court oversight, citing measurable, sustained and durable improvements to the care and support of children served by the State’s Department of Children and Families […]

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March 3, 2022

President Biden’s Words Speak for All of Us Who Cherish and Defend Children’s Rights

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org, 917-971-1784 NEW YORK, NY — Last night, President Joe Biden condemned Texas’s abhorrent attack on transgender children, their families, and caretakers while Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra issued guidance that state child welfare agencies should support youth access to gender-affirming medical care. Children’s Rights wholeheartedly supports […]

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March 1, 2022

Children’s Rights Applauds Lawsuit Filed by Advocates to Protect the Rights of Texas Transgender Children and Their Families

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org 917-971-1784 NEW YORK, NY — Today, civil rights advocates filed a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), and DFPS Commissioner Jaime Masters on behalf of the parents of a transgender daughter being investigated by the State’s Department of Family and Protective Services. The […]

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February 25, 2022

Children’s Rights Speaks Out on Texas Child-Assent Vaccination Policy

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org, 917-971-1784 A new report issued on February 24 by court monitors in the ongoing lawsuit M.D. v. Abbott, brought by Children’s Rights on behalf of children in permanent foster care in Texas, raises concerns over the fact that more than 1,000 children in permanent care custody have been given a choice about whether […]

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February 24, 2022

Children’s Rights Responds to Texas Governor Abbott’s Order to Report Parents of Transgender Youth for Abuse

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org AUSTIN, TX — Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott called for an investigation into medical treatments for transgender youth and told state health agencies to deem that gender-affirming care is child abuse. This is the latest effort by Gov. Abbott to criminalize medical care for transgender youth. Daniele Gerard, Senior Staff Attorney at […]

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February 4, 2022

Children’s Rights Joins Opposition to Wisconsin Legislation Granting Termination of Parental Rights of Incarcerated Parents

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org Children and family advocates, including Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families (DCF), are speaking out in loud opposition to an amended bill (SB 595) introduced on January 28 by state lawmakers that could strip away the parental rights of people in prison by adding additional factors to be weighed by authorities […]

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January 27, 2022

Children’s Rights Denounces Michigan Settlement as Taxpayer-funded Discrimination

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org On January 26, Michigan settled a lawsuit brought by a local foster care agency, announcing that the state will contract with agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples seeking to foster or adopt a child. In 2019 the agency, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, sued after the state announced it would […]

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January 20, 2022

New Report Reveals Ongoing Safety Concerns in Michigan’s Child Welfare System, Advocates Call on Gov. Whitmer to Improve Conditions

“We find ourselves nearly 15 years into this endeavor to reform Michigan’s foster care system and make it safer for kids. While positive strides have been made, too many children continue to be at risk in the state. It is deeply disturbing that Michigan still has not met its commitment to assure children’s safety in its care.

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December 17, 2021

Advocacy Organizations File Amicus Briefs Urging Federal Appeals Court to Overturn Ohio District Court Ruling, Provide Federally Required Payments for Relative Foster Parents

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org, 917-971-1784 (Cincinnati, OH) – A number of national and Ohio-based advocacy organizations have filed Amicus Briefs in support of plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, H.C. v. DeWine. The lawyers for the plaintiff foster children and their relative foster parents, Richard F. Dawahare, Jay Langenbahn, the law firm DLA Piper LLP, […]

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December 7, 2021

Interfaith Coalition Applauds Biden Administration for Reversing Trump Rule on Faith-Based Discrimination in Foster Placement

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org The Biden administration has revoked Trump-era waivers that allowed taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to override non-discrimination rules when they conflicted with providers’ religious beliefs. This move came after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would reinstitute an Obama-era nondiscrimination policy in three states that had sought and […]

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