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Don’t Give Foster Care Agencies a #LicenseToDiscriminate!
South Carolina is facing a severe shortage of homes for the more than 4,500 children in foster care. Yet the state has requested a federal waiver that would further limit available homes by allowing discrimination against prospective foster care parents. The waiver, if granted, would permit foster care agencies to deny applications of Jewish, LGBTQ, Muslim, or others on the basis of religious belief. One South Carolina agency, Miracle Hill Ministries, reportedly turned away a Jewish applicant based on religious grounds. “This waiver is a blatant attempt to sanction discrimination,” said Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel at Children’s Rights. “No child should be denied a safe and loving home simply because a prospective parent does not pass a religious or moral litmus test.” Children’s Rights will continue to work with its partners to advocate for children in state care. Last month, we led a coalition of 20 leading nonprofit children’s organizations and advocates urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reject this waiver. In our letter, we explain that the requested waiver would permit federally-funded discrimination based on religious belief in violation of the First Amendment. We cannot allow the federal government to condone South Carolina’s attempt to discriminate against families who could provide safe and loving homes to children who so desperately need them. Please sign and share our petition to Roger Severino, Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health & Human Services. The safety of our children hangs in the balance.
Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border.
The New York Times reported that since October 2017 more than 700 children have been separated along the southwest border from adults claiming to be their parents, including 100 children under the age of 4. Many of these children remain in custody indefinitely apart from their parents. “Needlessly ripping kids, toddlers, babies away from their parents is inhumane, barbaric and unconstitutional. An Administration that purports to uphold family values is callously inflicting devastating trauma on children and families in service of its punitive immigration policies,” said Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights. In an amicus brief filed in March on behalf of an asylum seeker separated from her seven-year old daughter, Children’s Rights explained that the traumatic stress that a child experiences when needlessly separated from a parent may have life-long consequences because it can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems and increase the risk of stress-related diseases and cognitive impairment well into the adult years. You can read more about the amicus brief here.Children’s Rights will work with its partners to continue to advocate for immigrant children separated from their families. As Christina Remlin, Lead Attorney and author of our amicus brief put it: “How can we tuck our children in at night, knowing that our government is doing this to other parents who love theirs as much as we do? How do we inflict such cruel trauma on children?” Please sign and share our petition to Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. About Children’s Rights Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and healthcare systems. Through relentless strategic advocacy and legal action, we hold governments accountable for keeping kids safe and healthy. Children’s Rights has made a lasting impact, protecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and we are poised to help millions more. They are depending on us…and you. http://www.childrensrights.org/