Press Releases

December 21, 2011

DHS Commissioners Agree to Terms of Settlement in Class-Action Lawsuit and ‘Are Coming to Grips with Problems in the System,’ Says Children’s Rights

(Tulsa, OK) — The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services voted today in favor of settling the federal class-action lawsuit filed by Children’s Rights and Oklahoma attorneys in 2008. In response, Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry issued the following statement: “This is great news for the more than 8,000 abused and neglected children who are in […]

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December 16, 2011

Judge Rejects All of Oklahoma’s Attempts to Limit Protections for Foster Children

Children’s Rights Says Ruling Shows ‘Respect for the Rights of Oklahoma’s Children’ Tulsa — Children’s Rights today applauded a federal judge’s legal support for a class-action lawsuit that seeks widespread reform of the Oklahoma child welfare system. U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell rejected the State’s effort to dismiss the case on the basis that […]

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December 14, 2011

New Jersey Foster Care Reform Efforts Face Challenges, Report Shows

(New York) — While New Jersey made some progress in the first half of this year, its Department of Children and Families (DCF) is still falling short in several critical areas of child welfare, according to a new report on the sweeping court-ordered reform effort spurred by national advocacy group Children’s Rights. “While DCF clearly […]

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December 6, 2011

D.C. Still Struggling to Make Improvements to Foster Care, Needs Stable Leadership Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia is not making significant progress getting its long-struggling child welfare reform effort back on track — in large part due to the absence of permanent, stable leadership — according to a new independent monitoring report on the court-ordered reform effort spurred by the national advocacy organization Children’s Rights. […]

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September 16, 2011

Report: Milwaukee Maintains Vital Improvements to Child Welfare System

State Must Continue Efforts to Reunite Families and Find Stable Homes for Children   MILWAUKEE – While the Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) is continuing to maintain improvements in fundamental areas of the child welfare system — such as sustaining manageable caseloads and keeping children safe from abuse and neglect while in foster […]

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September 14, 2011

Independent Review of New Jersey Child Abuse Investigations Reveals Mixed Results

State Needs to Ensure Key Interviews are Conducted and Critical Information is Obtained   NEWARK, NJ — While the vast majority of child abuse and neglect investigations in New Jersey have been thorough, comprehensive, and of good quality, the state is still struggling in several areas critical to ensuring children are protected from unsafe or […]

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July 25, 2011

New Study Shows Tennessee Has Transformed System to Keep Children with Families and Out of Institutions

State Reform Efforts Provide Valuable Lessons for Child Welfare Systems Nationwide NASHVILLE – Over the last several years, Tennessee’s focused effort to increase the number of children in foster care living with families rather than inappropriately in institutions — such as shelters, group homes, and residential treatment centers — has not only had a positive […]

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July 21, 2011

Federal Judge Allows Rhode Island Class Action to Proceed on Behalf of Abused and Neglected Kids

PROVIDENCE, RI — Rejecting state officials’ efforts to block abused and neglected children’s access to federal court, U.S. District Judge Mary M. Lisi today denied a motion (PDF) to dismiss the federal class action filed by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights seeking broad reform of Rhode Island’s child welfare system on behalf of approximately […]

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July 20, 2011

Recent Data Shows More Work Must Be Done to Bring New York City Foster Kids Home Faster

Advocates, City Officials Host Symposium for Nearly 100 Child Welfare Professionals   NEW YORK – Two years after the release of an in-depth study of children who had spent long periods of time in New York City foster care, Children’s Rights — in partnership with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) — […]

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July 18, 2011

Children’s Rights and State Officials Announce New Plan to Jumpstart Michigan’s Child Welfare Reform Efforts

DETROIT, MI — National advocacy organization Children’s Rights and Michigan state officials announced today a new, modified settlement agreement that will reinvigorate what has been a plodding reform of the state’s struggling child welfare system — and ultimately produce genuine results for vulnerable children and families. The new agreement (PDF) was filed today in federal […]

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