Press Releases

February 16, 2021

Settlement reached in federal class action on behalf of Arizona kids in foster care

On February 12, U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver granted final approval of a settlement agreement for B.K. v. Faust, a federal class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the more than 13,000 children in Arizona’s state foster care system. The settlement will require the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) to improve access to […]

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February 15, 2021

First Monitor’s Report Shows Substantial Progress toward Compliance with Court-Ordered Reform Plan for Iowa Boys’ State Training School

Contacts: Children’s Rights—Camilla Jenkins, 917-971-1784, cjenkins@childrensrights.org; Disability Rights Iowa—Annie Matte, 515-278-2502, contact@driowa.org (Des Moines, IA) – An independent Monitor today filed the initial report on Iowa’s efforts to improve conditions and services at the Boys State Training School in Eldora, Iowa, noting that the State has made progress in accordance with a Court order to […]

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February 11, 2021

Children’s Rights Celebrates the Administration’s Agreement to Halt Discriminatory HHS Rule Change

On Wednesday, a federal court granted a joint request from Plaintiffs and the Biden Administration and ordered the immediate postponement of a discriminatory Trump-era regulation that would have allowed taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and other non-merit characteristics. This historic decision, agreed to by both […]

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February 9, 2021

Alabama Bill Will Harm Innocent Children

Tomorrow, the Alabama State Senate Healthcare Committee will take up SB 10—a bill that, if passed, would harm transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) children. If passed, SB 10 would ban widely-accepted gender-affirming medical care for Alabama’s TGNC youth, and make the provision of this medical care a Class C felony. SB 10 even makes it […]

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February 3, 2021

State of Wisconsin and Children’s Rights Begin Exit of Milwaukee County Foster Care Settlement Following Years of Successful Reforms

Significant improvements in child welfare are a victory for Milwaukee County children Contact: Camilla Jenkins, 917-971-1784, cjenkins@childrensrights.org (Madison, Wisconsin)—In a significant milestone for Milwaukee County children in foster care, the parties to the Jeanine B. v. Evers class action lawsuit brought to overhaul Milwaukee County’s foster care system have jointly filed to exit federal court […]

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January 28, 2021

Northern District of Georgia Grants Class Certification to Include Hundreds of Incarcerated Students with Disabilities

This week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted an unopposed motion to certify T.H. v. DeKalb County School District as a class action. The decision is the first of its kind in the 11th Circuit establishing that a class can proceed on behalf of incarcerated youth with disabilities within a county […]

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January 22, 2021

Federal judge to approve transformative foster care settlement, reforms will move to implementation phase

Contact: Christina Ostmeyer, costmeyer@kansasappleseed.org; Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org; Patricia Guinto, pguinto@youthlaw.org; Josh Epstein, josh.epstein@dlapiper.com Kansas City, KS –  Today, a federal judge indicated he plans to approve the settlement agreement between attorneys representing the nearly 7,000 children in foster care and Kansas state officials. An order of approval is expected to be issued early next week. The […]

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January 8, 2021

Children’s Rights Condemns HHS Attack on LGBTQ Youth and Families

Children’s Rights condemns the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule change removing non-discrimination protections based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in federal health and human services programs, including child welfare. This rule would grant a license to discriminate, ultimately harming vulnerable young people in the foster care system. The ruling will […]

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January 6, 2021

Lawsuit Argues Maine Fails to Protect Children in Foster Care From Harm Due to Inadequate Oversight of the Use of Psychotropic Medication

Contacts: Children’s Rights: Camilla Jenkins cjenkins@childrensrights.org  917-971-1784; Bernstein Shur, Sawyer & Nelson: David Farmer dfarmer@bernsteinshur.com, 207-228-7275 (Portland, ME) – Today, advocates for children’s rights filed a federal complaint against the state of Maine on behalf of children in foster care who are being harmed and put at substantial risk of harm when administered psychotropic drugs […]

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January 5, 2021

Lawsuit Challenges New Hampshire’s Unlawful Treatment of Older Youth in Foster Care

Contacts: Children’s Rights: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org, 917-971-178; Disability Rights Center – NH: Stephanie Patrick, stephaniep@drcnh.org, 603-228-0432, ext. 121 (Concord, NH)—New Hampshire is violating the constitutional and statutory rights of older youth in foster care and putting children at severe risk of dangerous and tragic outcomes, according to a federal lawsuit filed by advocates for children’s […]

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