Tuesday, June 25, 2019

News and commentary round-up, week ending June 25, 2019

● Two very good pieces of children’s rights legislation passed the New York State Legislature last week. 

One bill, discussed in this story, would provide modest reforms to New York State’s Central Registry of alleged child abusers.  It also would raise the standard for a caseworker deciding to “substantiate” a case from one of the lowest in the nation to the same absurdly low standard in most states.

The other bill puts children’s rights ahead of the convenience of foster and adoptive parents.  It’s the topic of this post to this blog.

● ProPublica Illinois has an outstanding story about how, for decades, the Illinois child welfare agency has violated a consent decree that requires only what should be a basic human right: that children and families get services – and placement settings – where people speak their own language.  I have a blog post about the story, with a link to the full story.

● The headline isn’t great, but this story, from Stateline, is a very good examination of how some states are curbing the worst form of substitute “care” – group homes and institutions (something the group home industry insists just can’t be done).  Of course it helps that most of the states cited have made significant strides in reducing the number of children needlessly taken away in the first place.

● A Texas family with a medically-fragile child files a complaint against a hospital about the child’s medical care.  The hospital promises to respond within 45 days.  The response comes on day 46 – but it’s not from the hospital, not directly anyway.  As a Texas television station reports, the hospital contacted CPS which showed up to take the child on the spot. 

● And I have a blog post on how the latest evaluation of Pittsburgh’s vastly-overhyped child welfare predictive analytics algorithm misses a crucial point when it comes to how to reduce racial bias in the system.