Press Releases

January 14, 2020

Children’s Rights Opposes Tennessee Discrimination Bill

On January 14, Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that will allow taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples and other prospective parents based on their religious beliefs. Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel for Children’s Rights, issued this statement opposing the bill: “Along with many visionary and hardworking leaders within the state’s child welfare […]

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December 5, 2019

Final Approval in Historic Missouri Settlement to Reform Dangerous Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Foster Care System

Precedent-Setting Agreement Will Safeguard Missouri Children and Impact Children in Foster Care Nationwide CONTACT: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343; dkessel@childrensrights.org (Kansas City, MO) – United States District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey has given final approval to a groundbreaking settlement designed to ensure that children in foster care in Missouri are administered psychotropic medications only when safe and necessary. This […]

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December 4, 2019

Children’s Rights Opposes HHS Rule, “License to Discriminate”

On November 19, the Trump administration announced a proposed rule change that would roll back non-discrimination provisions for programs funded with taxpayer dollars through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Today, Children’s Rights submitted a public letter opposing this rule change, urging HHS to withdraw the proposed change and citing these reasons: “First, […]

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November 1, 2019

Statement: Children’s Rights Condemns New HHS Rule That Would Enable Discrimination in Child Welfare

Today, the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new rule that would enable discrimination by taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption agencies. Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights, issued this statement condemning the new proposal: “With this rule, we are witnessing the full force of the United States government being […]

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October 29, 2019

Children’s Rights Hosts 2019 Benefit & Inspiration Awards

Rosario Dawson spoke at NYC fundraiser for kids; Broadway impresario Jordan Roth emceed NEW YORK – Children’s Rights, the preeminent voice for children harmed by the nation’s immigration, healthcare and child welfare systems, hosted its 14th annual Benefit & Inspiration Awards Gala at the Mandarin Oriental on Monday, October 28 in New York. The event featured […]

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September 27, 2019

Order: Children’s Rights and Advocacy Organizations Challenge New Regulations for Detaining Families and Children

The United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled today in favor of the Flores plaintiffs.  In her holding, Judge Dolly Gee tracked arguments made in Children’s Rights’ amicus brief, noting severe problems with the administration’s proposed self-licensing and self-oversight scheme for detaining immigrant children. The court found that the sections of […]

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August 30, 2019

Children’s Rights and Leading Children’s Advocacy Organizations Challenge New Regulations for Detaining Families and Children

Children’s Rights and a coalition of nonprofit children’s advocacy organizations submitted an amicus brief today challenging the Trump administration’s new regulations that would overturn protections for immigrant children under the Flores Agreement and allow the indefinite detention of children and families. The brief argues that detention, even with their families, inflicts long-term, irreparable psychological harm […]

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Nine Months after Lawsuit Filed, Extreme Lack of Housing and Mental Health Services in Kansas Foster Care Continue

Four New Plaintiffs Identified in Child Welfare Lawsuit Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org Children in the Kansas child welfare system are still experiencing a basic denial of shelter in foster care with extreme disruptions to their stability – with children in foster care still being moved more than 50 or 100 times – almost nine […]

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August 21, 2019

Statement: Indefinite Detention Prolongs Trauma of Children

Today, the Trump Administration announced proposed amendments to the Flores agreement, a decades-old court settlement that prohibits the government from detaining children for more than 20 days. The new policy would allow migrant families and children to be detained indefinitely. Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights, issued this statement: No amount of time is […]

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August 15, 2019

Judge Approves Settlement Agreement in South Florida Foster Care Reform

“Too many young people were being harmed by the very system that was supposed to protect and support them” Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org (Tallahassee, FL) – A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement that promises dramatic improvements to the state’s foster care system as operated by the Florida Department of Children […]

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