Yesterday we won an extraordinary victory for abused and neglected children — and vulnerable kids throughout the state of Tennessee are safer as a result.
When the state passed a law that compromised the fairness of kids’ hearings in juvenile court, it was fought in to federal court.
Last night, the state legislature voted unanimously to repeal a part of the law that interfered with the decision-making of juvenile court judges — and retained a provision aimed at keeping families together and children safe at home whenever possible.
For Tennessee’s abused and neglected kids, it’s the best of both worlds — protecting their rights to fair hearings and preserving safeguards aimed at keeping them safely out of foster care.
Children’s Rights is still involved in a massive effort to reform the entire child welfare system of Tennessee — a successful campaign that has kept children across the state safer and brought increasing numbers of kids home from foster care to loving families and permanent homes.