Press Releases

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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January 6, 2012

New Child Welfare Commissioner Delivers Progress, But Significant Problems Remain at Agency

(Hartford) –The Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF) continues to make headway in reforming the state’s long-troubled child welfare system, according to the third-quarter, federal court-appointed report, which was spurred by the national children’s advocacy group Children’s Rights.

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January 5, 2012

Oklahoma Commission for Human Services Approves Settlement That Mandates Accountability for its Child Welfare System

(Tulsa, OK) — The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services today approved the settlement agreement that resolves the federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of nine foster children, accepting modifications made by Oklahoma’s Contingency Review Board last week. After clarifying that the Review Board did not change either the details or the principles of the settlement, the […]

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December 23, 2011

Atlanta Foster Care System Sustaining Many Improvements Under Federal Court Order, But Some Serious Problems Remain, Latest Report Shows

(Atlanta) — While the state’s foster care system in metropolitan Atlanta (Fulton and DeKalb counties) has been able to maintain many improvements–despite a recent increase in children entering the system–the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) still has significant work to do to meet court-ordered improvements for foster kids, according to a progress report covering […]

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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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