Press Releases

May 20, 2021

Advocates Sue Alabama Department of Human Resources for Illegally Placing Children in Foster Care in Harmful Psychiatric Residential Facilities

Contacts: Nancy Anderson, nanderso@adap.ua.edu; Ashley Levett, ashley.levett@splcenter.org; Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org (Montgomery, AL) –The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) discriminates against foster children and youth with mental impairments by unnecessarily segregating them in restrictive, psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs), and by denying them an opportunity to grow up in loving homes and community-based settings, according […]

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April 14, 2021

Children’s Rights Responds to SC Governor’s Order Blocking Migrant Children from State Foster Care

On April 12, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order to block unaccompanied immigrant children from being placed in South Carolina foster care facilities and group homes.  The order incorrectly stated that denying immigrant children entry was necessary because of “requirements imposed” in connection with Michelle H. v McMaster, a federal court matter […]

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March 2, 2021

Child Welfare Advocates Release Roadmap for Ending Institutionalization of Children

New report shows harm done to children living in institutions and group homes, and offers strategies for reform Contact: Camilla Jenkins 917-971-1784 cjenkins@childrensrights.org Today, national child advocacy organization Children’s Rights released a report that brings new urgency to ending the harmful, unnecessary housing of more than 40,000 U.S. children in institutions and other group facilities […]

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February 18, 2021

Children’s Rights Applauds Introduction of the Equality Act

Today, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced the introduction of the Equality Act, federal legislation that, if passed, would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs. The Equality Act would […]

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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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