Press Releases

January 9, 2018

Federal Court Allows Missouri Foster Care Suit to Proceed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329, wbrown@childrensrights.org Maria Tsikalas at 314-977-3077, maria.tsikalas@slu.edu Lewis Cohen at 510-469-3007, lcohen@youthlaw.org ——- Plaintiffs’ Counsel ‘Gratified the Court Has Ruled in Favor of Youth,’ Notes Children ‘Continue to be Prescribed Powerful and Potentially Dangerous Drugs … Without Proper Oversight’ (Kansas City, MO) – For the first time, […]

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January 8, 2018

Rhode Island, Plaintiffs Settle Long-Standing Foster Care Case

Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; wbrown@childrensrights.org In Resolving the Lawsuit, Officials Have Entered  a Historic Agreement …With the Vital Purpose of Transforming Young Lives’ (Providence, RI) – Attorneys for plaintiff children in Rhode Island foster care, Governor Gina Raimondo and Dr. Trista Piccola of the Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) have agreed to settle […]

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December 13, 2017

Advocates and Connecticut State Officials Agree to Streamlined Child Welfare Reform Plan

Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; wbrown@childrensrights.org New Plan Reduces Remaining Goals from 22 to 10; Lowers Caseload Limits; Protects Resources Required to ‘Achieve Sustained Compliance’ (Bridgeport, CT) – A federal court today approved a streamlined child welfare reform plan today that protects vulnerable children and puts Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) closer […]

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November 27, 2017

Iowa ‘School’ Relies on Solitary, Restraints, Dangerous Drugs, Instead of Giving Boys Needed Mental Health Care, Lawsuit Alleges

Contact: Wende Gozan Brown, 646-216-3329, wbrown@childrensrights.org  (national media); Nathan Kirstein, 515-278-2502 x25, nkirstein@driowa.org (Iowa media) (Des Moines, Iowa)—State officials are knowingly employing unconstitutional and illegal practices at the Boys State Training School in Eldora, Iowa, causing lasting harm to youth with significant mental illnesses, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court […]

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November 3, 2017

GOP Plan to Eliminate Adoption Tax Credit ‘Stands in Stark Contrast to a Purported Support of Family Values’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown: wbrown@childrensrights.org (New York, NY) – In response to the news that proposed GOP tax reform would eliminate the adoption tax credit, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement:  “As we enter National Adoption Month, when our federal government is bringing attention to the need […]

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October 2, 2017

Congress Must Act Now to Protect Healthcare Funding for Millions of Children, Says Children’s Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; wbrown@childrensrights.org.  In response to Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: “Congress placed young lives at risk over the weekend when it failed to reauthorize CHIP by the September 30 deadline. Nearly […]

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September 13, 2017

First Report from Independent Court Monitors Shows South Carolina DSS Has Made Progress, but Faces Many Challenges in Reforming Child Welfare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; wbrown@childrensrights.org —- Agency Has ‘Demonstrated a Commitment to Reforming Its Foster Care System,’ but ‘In the Vast Majority of Areas…a Lot of Work Needs to Be Done,’ According to Report (Charleston, S.C.) — Independent monitors filed their first report today on South Carolina’s efforts to reform […]

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September 5, 2017

Congress Must Show ‘Strong Moral Leadership,’ Take Action to Support DACA, Says Children’s Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; wbrown@childrensrights.org.  In response to the Trump administration’s announcement regarding the formal end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: “Children’s Rights condemns the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. […]

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July 18, 2017

Federal Court Grants Tennessee Governor and Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Exit From 16-Year Lawsuit

 PRESS CONTACT: Holly Aubry // 646.943.0541 // haubry@childrensrights.org Reporting Will Continue for 18 Months —– Legal advocacy can make government accountable and transform the way children are treated by public systems.  Tennessee is a prime example,” says Children’s Rights. (Nashville, TN)—In a momentous ruling for children in foster care served by Tennessee’s Department of Children’s […]

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July 5, 2017

Latest Connecticut DCF Report Card ‘Reflects a Disappointing Downward Trend,’ Says Plaintiffs’ Counsel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329, wbrown@childrensrights.org Today an independent court monitor released the latest report in the case of Juan F. v. Malloy, which shows that the Department of Children and Families has experienced a decline in performance in several key areas. The suit, led by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights and […]

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