25 Nov 2013
MA Department of Children and Families Failed to Comply with National Standards, State and Federal Requirements and its Own Internal Policies, Federal Judge Finds
(New York, NY) — A federal judge who has ruled that the failings of Massachusetts’ child welfare system did not warrant injunctive relief found in a recently issued opinion that the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) “has failed not only to comport with national standards of care and state and federal requirements but also to comply with its own internal policies” for protecting and supporting children in foster care.
08 Oct 2013
(New York, NY) —- Michigan is five years into a court-ordered reform of its foster care system, but the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is still struggling in its most crucial mission — to protect kids from abuse and neglect, according to a report released today by federal monitors.
01 Oct 2013
DCF Improves Case Planning for Foster Children, But Backslides In Crucial Area–Keeping Kids Safe From Repeat Abuse and Neglect
State Is Meeting Fewer Than Half of its Performance Goals, According to New Report (New York) — While New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) recently made critical improvements in aspects of child welfare, the state is still struggling to meet its obligations in some core areas, such as keeping children safe from repeat [...]
27 Sep 2013
The BMCW turned in its best-ever performance on its remaining requirement to reform foster care, by further limiting the shuffling of children between multiple foster homes.
28 Aug 2013
Federal Court Rules that Lawsuit Against State of Texas Can Proceed On Behalf of All Children In Long Term Foster Care
Children in permanent foster care in Texas can move forward with their lawsuit against the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), claiming that the state has violated their constitutional rights and subjected them to harm, a federal court has ruled.
07 Aug 2013
As Georgia experiences major changes in its child welfare leadership, new data shows that metropolitan Atlanta’s effort to protect abused and neglected children in foster care has suffered. According to the latest report from federal court monitors, the performance of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) “declined on a number of issues related to the safety of children in the State’s care.”
12 Jul 2013
(New York)–The District of Columbia’s Children and Family Services Agency (CFSA) has struggled to conduct quality investigations into alleged child abuse and neglect and has fallen short of meeting other court-ordered mandates, according to the latest report from independent monitors tracking the status of the District’s child welfare reform.
01 Jul 2013
Connecticut Moves More Kids Out of Institutions, Falls Short on Mental Health Services, Report Finds
Today an independent federal court monitor released a report that reviews the progress of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) in reforming its child welfare system, a longstanding effort spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights. In response to the report, covering the first quarter of 2013, Ira Lustbader, associate director of Children’s Rights, issued the following statement:
24 Jun 2013
(New York, NY) — Following years of steady improvement, the reform of Tennessee’s child welfare system stalled in 2012, leaving some kids waiting too long for workers to investigate abuse allegations, and many older youth ill-prepared for life after state care, according to a report filed today.
31 May 2013
(New York, NY) – On May 1, in honor of National Foster Care Month, national advocacy organization Children’s Rights will launch Fostering the Future, a public awareness campaign that will give first-hand accounts of being a child in state care.