14 Aug 2014
Marcia Robinson Lowry will leave Children’s Rights on August 15, 2014, and will begin working as an independent counsel on M.D. v. Perry, the ongoing class action in Texas, alongside CR and Texas co-counsel. In addition, she will assume full responsibility for monitoring and enforcing reform efforts in Washington, D.C., Mississippi, New Jersey and Oklahoma. […]
22 Jul 2014
While the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is still making improvements to Metro Atlanta foster care, the agency is struggling with caseloads of child abuse investigators, the handling of maltreatment reports and the screening of foster homes, according to the latest report on the implementation of reforms in Fulton and DeKalb Counties.
17 Jul 2014
While New Jersey’s child welfare agency has become a model system in several areas, the state’s foster care reform effort has plateaued and needs attention to speed the pace of reform, Children’s Rights said upon the release of the latest report reviewing the state’s progress.
15 Jul 2014
The District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) has made some recent improvements, but is still struggling to conduct quality child abuse investigations, according to a report by an independent monitor to be discussed in federal court.
09 Jul 2014
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has made “significant progress” under the leadership of Commissioner Joette Katz, but an overburdened workforce and a shortage of key support services for kids and families are threatening the effort to reform the state’s child welfare system.
02 Jul 2014
In light of an independent monitor’s findings of non-compliance with court-ordered reform, representatives from Mississippi’s Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), national advocacy group Children’s Rights and Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP have agreed to a plan designed to address capacity issues within DFCS and improve its performance.
24 Jun 2014
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is failing to make needed progress in crucial areas like recruiting more foster families, reducing shelter use for young children and keeping kids safe from abuse and neglect in foster care, according to the latest DHS-issued monthly report tracking court-enforceable requirements of its child welfare reform.
02 Jun 2014
The new administration at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) has put the state’s recently-stalled child welfare reform effort “back on track” and has shown “focused and renewed attention” to the work that remains, according to a report filed by a team of court-appointed federal monitors.
22 May 2014
Report Shows Little Progress for Child Welfare Reform Effort; DFCS, Advocates Agree to 30 Days to Develop Remedial Plan
Representatives from Mississippi’s Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), national advocacy group Children’s Rights and Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP will take the next 30 days to develop a legally binding plan to address failures in the state’s child welfare reform effort. According to the most recent independent report charting DFCS progress, the pace of child welfare reform “must be accelerated.”
30 Apr 2014
Court Decision on DCYF ‘Allows a Dangerous Foster Care System to Operate Unchanged,’ Says Children’s Rights
U.S. District Judge Mary M. Lisi found in favor of the defendants in a class-action lawsuit prosecuted by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, attorney John Dineen in Providence and the national firm of Weil Gotschal & Manges LLP, asserting that Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is failing to ensure the safety and well-being of several thousand children in state custody.