Posts Tagged foster care

Easy Come, Easy Go: The Plight of Children Who Spend Less Than Thirty Days in Foster Care

Easy Come, Easy Go: The Plight of Children Who Spend Less Than Thirty Days in Foster Care

Should we tolerate a child welfare system that removes 25,000 children a year from their families, only to return them within a few weeks of their removal? Are we concerned about the harm this process inflicts on children? If so, what steps should we take to address this problem? Removal is child welfare’s most severe intervention. Although often necessary to protect the safety of children, state and federal law requires the nation’s juvenile courts to carefully oversee the removal process

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Federal Court Appoints Special Master to Oversee Texas’s Broken Foster Care System

Federal Court Appoints Special Master to Oversee Texas’s Broken Foster Care System

“Texas’s foster care system is broken, and it has been that way for decades. It is broken for all stakeholders, including DFPS employees who are tasked with impossible workloads. Most importantly, though, it is broken for Texas’s PMC children, who almost uniformly leave State custody more damaged than when they entered.” In a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Texas’s treatment of long stayers in child welfare custody, these are the words of the federal court that handed down a

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HHS Report Card Shows More Kids Removed, More Kids Stuck in Foster Care

HHS Report Card Shows More Kids Removed, More Kids Stuck in Foster Care

As legal representatives of children and parents, we all fight our individual battles. Some cases end well, while some never end. Some kids and parents get reunified, and some kids languish in the system, bouncing from placement to placement. We know those individual stories, but what’s happening in the aggregate? Across the country, are we doing better, worse, or some of each? That’s why we might want to take the occasional look at the annual HHS “AFCARS Report,” the federal

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‘Call a Lawyer and Sue Me, Sue Me’: What Sinatra Got Right About Impact Litigation, and How We Can Help Foster Children

‘Call a Lawyer and Sue Me, Sue Me’: What Sinatra Got Right About Impact Litigation, and How We Can Help Foster Children

As you may have seen, last week Children’s Rights along with partners South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and attorney Matthew T. Richardson filed Michelle H. v. Haley. The class action suit on behalf of children in foster care in South Carolina demands a response to a severe shortage of foster homes, unnecessary detention and confinement, failure to meet mental health needs of children, and patterns of multiple placement moves that traumatize foster children and destroy family relationships. Here’s the press release, here’s

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A Home for the Holidays? Reflections on Foster Care, Lessons Learned and New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

A Home for the Holidays? Reflections on Foster Care, Lessons Learned and New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

As each year comes to a close, like many of us, I often reflect on the events throughout the year that have impacted me in some way. 2014 brought some big changes in my life, one of which was a new job. In February 2006, I began representing the Department of Family and Children Services in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and in July 2014, I left that position to become a staff attorney at the National Association of Counsel for Children.

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