Press Releases

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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November 2, 2021

A Second Chance for Youth Tried as Adults in New York State

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill providing the right for people who were convicted of a crime when they were under the age of 19, but denied youthful offender status at the time, to reapply for it. Youthful offender status in New York allows young people convicted of a crime to have […]

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October 13, 2021

Connecticut Monitoring Report Shows Progress in Child Welfare Lawsuit

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.com BRIDGEPORT, CT — The court monitoring team in the ongoing federal child welfare reform lawsuit known as Juan F. v. Lamont released the latest report on the progress of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) amid ongoing efforts to improve its child welfare system. The lawsuit, led by national […]

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September 30, 2021

Relief Expires Today For 20,000 Foster Youth Aging Out During the Pandemic

On September 30, the federal moratorium on youth aging out during the pandemic will expire, pushing approximately 20,000 young adults out of the system. Nearly 900,000 youth and young adults are eligible for this critical emergency relief. The federal government must move quickly to extend the moratorium to ensure that youth are protected, and states must move quickly to help connect foster youth aging out with the support they need

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