(Nashville, TN) – Tennessee is closer than ever to making all of the required improvements to its Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and ending federal court oversight, according to an exit plan that was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Todd J. Campbell in a hearing today.
Children’s Rights is seeking a part-time graduate or undergraduate intern to provide research assistance for a project that highlights the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) children in out-of-home care settings. Children’s Rights is a national non-profit organization that uses the law, in partnership with a variety of local and national expert […]
A federal court yesterday ruled that a class action targeting Arizona’s struggling child welfare system should be allowed to proceed.
Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the progress of The Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) in the first half of 2015. In response to the report and in anticipation of expected leadership changes, Eric Thompson, of counsel to Children’s Rights, issued a statement.
At a panel discussion Wednesday night, members of Children’s Rights and advocacy group Lambda Legal addressed a grim reality: Two out of five homeless youth are LGBTQ. Fourteen percent of LGBTQ youth are in the juvenile justice system and almost 20 percent are in foster care. LGBTQ kids who are rejected by their biological families […]
Attorneys, advocates, social workers and others who work directly with children can play vital roles in reforming the government systems that too often fail them. That was the message of Ira Lustbader, litigation director at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, and his fellow panelists, during the closing discussion of the 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, […]
Caseworkers in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families are being ‘set up to fail’ due to poor management and rising caseloads, according to a review released this week by the state’s Child Advocate Office. The office’s interim report, based in part on interviews and focus groups with DCF managers, supervisors and caseworkers, portrays a […]
Criminal justice advocates, City Council members and families of the incarcerated gathered at City Hall Sept. 8 to speak out against the city’s newly proposed limitations on jail visitation at Rikers Island. Advocates say the proposed changes are harsh and discriminatory and will disproportionately impact minorities and those who cannot afford bail. In an effort […]
(Boston, MA) — Children’s Rights – the national advocacy organization that since 2010 has been pushing to reform Massachusetts foster care for thousands of kids – is now seeking to ensure the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) is more transparent.
(Providence, R.I.) – As longstanding, systemic failings within Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) continue to place vulnerable children in harm’s way, plaintiffs have submitted an amended federal class action lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island on behalf of the approximately 1,800 children in state foster care.