Press Releases

June 6, 2011

Atlanta Significantly Improves Safety of Children in Foster Care, State Officials Must Sustain Progress

ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta’s child welfare system has shown its best performance to date since implementing widespread reforms spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights, according to a new progress report — which notes that more children are safer from abuse and neglect while in foster care than ever before. The rate of maltreatment of […]

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May 2, 2011

D.C. Still Failing to Provide Many Fundamental Services to Children in Foster Care, Says New Progress Report

WASHINGTON, D.C – The District of Columbia has made virtually no progress improving a number of critical areas within the city’s child welfare system — including its support for youth aging out of the system, development of quality case plans for families, and delivery of vital services to children in foster care — according to […]

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April 12, 2011

Georgia’s Fulton County Poised to Exit Court Oversight

County has Dramatically Improved Legal Representation for Children in Foster Care   ATLANTA – Georgia’s Fulton County (metro Atlanta) has made enormous strides in providing the county’s nearly 900 children in foster care with quality legal representation in their juvenile court proceedings, and now Children’s Rights, the national advocacy group that secured this court-ordered reform, […]

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April 11, 2011

New Report: Tennessee Maintains Vital Improvements for Kids in Foster Care, but Significant Challenges Remain

NASHVILLE – While Tennessee has successfully maintained improvements in a number of key areas for thousands of abused and neglected children statewide — including continued reductions in the number of children in foster care forced to live in institutions — the state must now focus on improving the quality of its work on each child’s […]

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March 29, 2011

National Advocates and Texas Attorneys File Federal Class Action Seeking Reform of Texas Child Welfare System

Citing longstanding and pervasive issues that have caused thousands of children in Texas foster care to spend their childhoods in poorly supervised institutions and repeatedly move from one far-flung place to another, today the national advocacy group Children’s Rights has joined the prominent Texas law firms Haynes and Boone LLP, Yetter Coleman, and Canales & […]

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March 22, 2011

Report: Challenges Loom Large for Connecticut’s New Child Welfare Leadership

Major Improvements Still Needed to Better Serve Abused and Neglected Children   HARTFORD – While Connecticut’s child welfare system has successfully maintained a number of improvements accomplished years ago, the most recent quarterly progress report in the long-running, court-ordered reform effort spurred by national advocacy group Children’s Rights shows the state’s outgoing leadership made virtually […]

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March 21, 2011

Two Expert Reviews Find OK Child Welfare Plagued by Mismanagement, Dysfunctional Computer System

TULSA, OK — Following the release of two damning expert reports exposing serious risks of harm to children in Oklahoma’s foster care system, two additional expert reviews released today by national advocacy group Children’s Rights reveal many of those dangers can be linked to a disturbing lack of oversight among all levels of the state’s […]

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March 17, 2011

Oklahoma Ignores Abuse & Neglect Claims from Foster Youth in Institutions, Says Shocking New Report

Five Child Deaths Were Preventable, According to National Child Welfare Expert   TULSA, OK — A shocking new report by a national child welfare expert has revealed that several children who suffered abuse and neglect in Oklahoma group homes and institutions were never seen by a Department of Human Services (DHS) investigator — while many […]

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March 11, 2011

Milwaukee Continuing to Improve Safety and Well-Being of Foster Kids, But Still Falls Short in Two Critical Areas

MILWAUKEE, WIS. – The number of children abused or neglected while in Milwaukee foster care has fallen to a historic low, according to a new progress report tracking the ongoing effort spurred by Children’s Rights to reform the county’s once-troubled child welfare system. However, the state must continue to focus on limiting the number of […]

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March 7, 2011

Wisconsin Makes Key Improvements for Foster Youth Living with Relatives; Advocates Call for Additional Efforts

MADISON, WIS. – Wisconsin has taken important steps to improve the safety of foster youth living with relatives and to bolster support for the family members willing to step up and care for them, according to a new report released today by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights. But the state must improve its data […]

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