Catherine Frizell

Staff Attorney Catherine Frizell, who once interned for Children’s Rights, returned as a member of the organization’s legal team in 2016. Ms. Frizell also represented children in juvenile delinquency and child protective proceedings for three years as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to that, […]

Daniele Gerard

Staff Attorney Daniele Gerard joined Children’s Rights in 2016. A former litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and staff attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Ms. Gerard was recently a member of the development staff at Food & Water Watch for three years. She serves on the boards of the West Side Campaign […]

Harry Frischer

Lead Council Harry Frischer joined Children’s Rights as lead council in 2016 after 36 years in private practice. He had served as a litigation partner at Proskauer Rose LLP since 2003, where he guided clients through complex litigations, arbitrations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, mostly involving the financial services industry. Mr. Frischer has tried cases […]

Child Advocates, State Officials Agree to Streamlined Foster Care Reform Plan, Putting Fulton and Dekalb Counties on Path to Exit Court Oversight

In recognition of some substantial improvements in Fulton and DeKalb counties’ foster care systems (metro Atlanta) and the need to hone in on specific focus areas, attorneys for Plaintiff children and State officials have agreed to a streamlined foster care reform plan—one that could put the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) on the path to exit court oversight.

Rachel Brodin Nili

Of Counsel Before joining Children’s Rights in 2010, Rachel Brodin Nili practiced at Goulston & Storrs in Boston, where she focused on complex commercial litigation and employment law and also represented clients pro bono through the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Prior to practicing at Goulston & Storrs, she clerked for Justice Martha B. […]

Federal Judge Approves Landmark Foster Care Reform for S.C.

Agreement Heralds a Brighter Future for Children in State Care; Includes Lower Caseloads, Fewer Young Kids in Institutions, Better Health Care (Charleston, S.C.) — U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel today granted final approval for a landmark settlement that requires dramatic changes for South Carolina’s foster care system—which for years has been troubled by a […]

Annual Report 15

A review of Children’s Rights’ work in 2015, including significant developments in our foster care reform campaigns, financial information and a list of the individuals and organizations that generously supported Children’s Rights during the period.

Placement Instability Thwarting Child Welfare Reform Effort in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI) – Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the progress of the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS) in reforming Milwaukee’s child welfare system in the first half of 2016, an effort spurred by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights. In response to the report, Eric Thompson, of counsel to Children’s Rights, issued […]

Child Advocates and State Officials Agree to Streamlined Child Welfare Reform Plan, Putting Connecticut DCF on Path to Exit Court Oversight

New Plan Reduces Remaining Goals from 22 to 10; Guarantees That DCF’s Budget Cannot Go Lower Than Current Levels While State is Under Court-Ordered Decree (Bridgeport, CT) – Child advocates and state officials presented a streamlined child welfare reform plan before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill today, which, if approved by the Court and the […]

Mid-Level Staff Attorney

Children’s Rights is a leading national children’s advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children in government systems. Children’s Rights uses civil rights litigation, policy expertise, and public education to create positive systems change, with a 20-year track record in the area of child welfare reform of raising accountability, protecting rights and improving […]