Press Releases

July 18, 2012

Report Shows Little Progress For New Jersey Child Welfare Reform in Recent Months

(New York, NY) –New Jersey, which in the past few years has been known for significantly improving its child welfare system, made little progress during the second half of 2011, according to a report released today by an independent court monitor.

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July 9, 2012

Latest Monitoring Report on Tennessee Foster Care System Shows Only ‘Incremental Progress’ in 2011

(New York, NY) — While Tennessee has delivered significant improvements to its child welfare system over the past five years, a report filed today shows the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) made only “incremental progress” in 2011.

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July 8, 2012

Modified Settlement Agreement Renews Push to Reform Mississippi’s Troubled Foster Care System

(New York, NY) — More than four years after Children’s Rights’ legal campaign on behalf of Mississippi’s foster children compelled the state to agree to widespread reforms of its child welfare system, the national advocacy group and state officials today filed a modified settlement agreement.

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July 2, 2012

Report Shows Scant Progress on Reforms to Mississippi’s Child Welfare System

(New York, NY) — A new report shows that the Mississippi Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has yet to deliver on court-mandated reforms to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in state care.

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June 20, 2012

D.C. Makes Headway on Several Longstanding Challenges to Child Welfare Reform

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — While the District of Columbia is making some progress in reforming its long-troubled child welfare system, it is still falling short in a number of critical areas, according to a progress report released today by an independent court monitor.

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June 18, 2012

Atlanta Improves Adoption Rates for Foster Kids, But Still Falls Short in Key Areas, Latest Report Shows

(Atlanta) — The metropolitan Atlanta foster care system continues to make headway in the treatment of children in its care, according to a progress report released today.

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May 17, 2012

Children’s Rights Launches ‘Trapped?’, An Interactive Facebook Experience That Calls Attention to Grim Realities of Foster Care

(New York) — For many American youth, the month of May means prom, final exams and counting down to high school or college graduation. But for a disturbing percentage of the nation’s 400,000-plus children in foster care, milestones like these are not at arm’s reach.

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April 12, 2012

Report: Connecticut Demonstrates Solid Improvements to Child Welfare System

Connecticut’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) is making progress toward eventually meeting all required improvements under a long-standing reform plan, spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights.

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March 30, 2012

Wisconsin Closing in on Milwaukee Child Welfare Reform Requirements

The Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) continues to improve foster care for the children of Milwaukee County, according to a Settlement reform progress report released today by State reviewers.

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February 29, 2012

Federal Judge Approves DHS Settlement Agreement at Fairness Hearing, Marking Significant Victory for State’s Foster Children

(Tulsa, OK) — U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell today approved a settlement agreement that will vastly improve care for the nearly 8,000 children in Oklahoma’s child welfare system. The settlement stems from the federal class-action lawsuit filed by Children’s Rights and Frederic Dorwart Lawyers against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).

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