February 1, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Harris, Willamette University College of Law, Class of 2014, discusses the many institutional problems faced by foster children with behavioral health issues...Approximately 35 percent of children and teens enter foster care with significant dental and oral health ...[read more]
September 26, 2013
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Amy Miller of the ACLU Nebraska discusses the recent challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex couple's rights to adopt and serve as foster parents...Those practicing in family law—no matter which state you're in—are used to one simple formulation in cases involving ch... ...[read more]
June 29, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 29, 2006, the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a regulatory provision barring same-sex couples from raising foster children, holding there was no connection between homosexuality and child-rearing ability. The state child welfare agency had appealed a lower court ruling against § 200... ...[read more]
November 25, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 25, 2008, a Florida trial court judge ruled that a state statute preventing same-sex couples from adopting children was unconstitutional, allowing a Florida petitioner and his partner to adopt two children previously in his foster care. Judge Cindy Lederman of the Eleventh Judicial ...[read more]
April 17, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
An Arkansas judge ruled Friday that a state law prohibiting all unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children violates the Arkansas Constitution. Critics claimed that the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act of 2008, or Initiated Act I, was discriminatory because it prohibited all gay ...[read more]
November 26, 2008
by Safiya Boucaud
A Florida trial court judge on Tuesday ruled that a Florida statute preventing same-sex couples from adopting children is unconstitutional, allowing a Florida petitioner and his partner to adopt two children previously in his foster care. Judge Cindy Lederman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of ...[read more]
September 11, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
A trial judge in Key West has found Florida's law preventing gay and lesbian people from adopting children to be unconstitutional and has issued an order permitting a foster parent to adopt a 13-year-old boy. Judge David J. Audlin Jr. of the Monroe County Circuit Court ruled that the 1977 statut... ...[read more]
May 21, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Lee Stein and Elizabeth Kruschek: Last week, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that two school voucher programs created by the Arizona Legislature in 2006 were unconstitutional. Those programs provided scholarships or grants of state money to the parents or guardians of foster children and s... ...[read more]
September 5, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel Wednesday issued an advisory opinion rejecting certification of a voter-backed ballot proposition that would ban adoptions by unmarried couples. The measure, submitted by the Family Council of Arkansas, would prevent unmarried couples, regardless of their ...[read more]
February 6, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl
The Canadian government has violated native Canadian children's human rights by underfunding child-welfare services for native peoples, according to the Canadian Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The group plans to file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission this month against the... ...[read more]

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