Press Releases

May 2, 2017

Children’s Rights and Foster Care Alumni Ask the Nation to #FosterMyEducation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Contact: Anne Blessing Tenney, anne@praytellagency.com, 757-817-7031 Holly Aubry, haubry@childrensrights.org, 646-216-3309 Wende Gozan Brown, wbrown@childrensrights.org, 646-216-3329 Children’s Rights and Foster Care Alumni Ask the Nation to #FosterMyEducation —- Annual Storytelling Campaign Amplifies Accounts of Attaining Education in State Care (New York, NY) – May is a month marked by […]

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April 24, 2017

Report: Nearly All Fifty States are Failing Transgender, Gender-Expansive and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) Youth

New report is the first comprehensive analysis of the explicit law and policy protections for TGNC youth in child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless youth systems (New York, NY) – A new report published today, Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommended Practice and Reality for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth in Out-of-Home Care, offers the […]

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April 4, 2017

Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Nears Exit from Federal Court Oversight

‘We are so proud of Tennessee, not only for doing right by the children in its care, but also for demonstrating that top-to-bottom, systemic reform is absolutely possible,’ says Children’s Rights (Nashville, TN)—Court appointed monitors in the lawsuit known as the Brian A case today report that Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS)—once beset with […]

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March 31, 2017

Statement From Children’s Rights on the Decision to Close Rikers Island

(New York, NY) – Children’s Rights Executive Director, Sandy Santana, released the following statement today in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito’s announcement to close Rikers Island. “This is a promising day for thousands who are proponents of justice for all New Yorkers. For far too long, Rikers Island has […]

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March 24, 2017

DMCPS Must Put ‘Laser Focus’ on Recruiting Foster Homes and Strengthening Supports for Foster Parents and Kids in Care

(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 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 the following statement: “It […]

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March 1, 2017

Despite Notable Gains, Connecticut’s Child Welfare System “Undermined” by “Longstanding” Issues, According to Latest Report

(New York, NY) – The independent monitor in the federal lawsuit known as the “Juan F” case found that the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) performance continues to fall short in six of 22 court-ordered benchmarks needed to reform its child welfare system. These include the critical areas of case planning and meeting […]

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November 9, 2016

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.

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October 4, 2016

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 […]

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September 30, 2016

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 […]

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September 29, 2016

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 […]

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