Press Releases

December 7, 2010

Advocates Call for Immediate Improvements for Foster Youth as Michigan Reform Falters

DETROIT, MICH. – Two years into a comprehensive court-ordered effort secured by national advocacy group Children’s Rights to reform Michigan’s failing child welfare system, a new progress report shows thousands of children are still stranded in foster care waiting for safe, permanent families and more youth are aging out of foster care without homes or skills […]

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November 12, 2010

Unprecedented Reforms Transform Legal Representation for Atlanta Foster Youth; Federal Court Oversight Could End in 2011

ATLANTA, GA — The end of federal court oversight of the Fulton County Child Attorney Office is in view as a new progress report shows comprehensive reforms spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights have ensured that children in Atlanta foster care receive significantly higher quality representation from the attorneys appointed to represent them […]

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November 10, 2010

End of Federal Court Oversight in View as Tennessee Dramatically Improves Care for Thousands of Abused and Neglected Kids

NASHVILLE – Nine years into a historic effort spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights to reform the once-failing Tennessee child welfare system, a new progress report shows that the state’s abused and neglected children are dramatically safer and better cared for in state custody — and the end of federal court oversight of […]

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October 5, 2010

Mississippi Foster Children Continue to Be Harmed, Advocates Ask Court to Act

JACKSON, MISS. – Citing the well-documented and consistent failure of Mississippi’s Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) to improve its deeply dysfunctional foster care system as required by the settlement of a federal class action lawsuit, the national advocacy group Children’s Rights today filed a motion for contempt calling for the federal court to […]

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September 29, 2010

Fifth Annual Children’s Rights Benefit Honors Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Features Gov. Jon S. Corzine — Oct. 19 in NYC

NEW YORK CITY – To raise awareness and support for its ongoing battles to defend the lives and legal rights of abused and neglected children in foster care across the United States, Children’s Rights will hold its Fifth Annual Benefit — honoring philanthropist and hip-hop icon Darryl “DMC” McDaniels — on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, […]

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September 28, 2010

Condemning DC Leaders’ Inaction, Federal Judge Orders Immediate Funding for Teens Aging Out of DC Foster Care

WASHINGTON, DC — Slamming city officials for a history of “obstinate conduct” and “running the clock” by challenging court-ordered child welfare reforms rather than implementing them, the federal judge presiding over a long-running class action brought by Children’s Rights to reform the District of Columbia’s troubled child welfare system today ordered District officials to allocate […]

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September 22, 2010

Connecticut Must Complete Court-Ordered Child Welfare Reform, Federal Judge Rules

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families must immediately renew its work to complete a massive court-ordered effort to reform its child welfare services for thousands of abused and neglected kids statewide, according to a ruling today by the federal judge overseeing a class action brought by Children’s Rights, rejecting the state’s motion to […]

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September 9, 2010

Mississippi Still Unable to Track Foster Kids’ Safety Nearly Three Years into Reform Effort

JACKSON, MS — Nearly three years into a massive court-ordered effort to reform the failing Mississippi child welfare system, a new report by an independent monitor shows that the Mississippi Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has made little to no progress in improving its care and treatment of the approximately 3,500 abused and […]

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July 22, 2010

Children’s Advocates Demand Swift Action as Abuse Rises in Atlanta Foster Care and Reforms Erode

ATLANTA – Children in Atlanta foster care are suffering abuse and neglect in increasing numbers in their state-supervised foster homes and institutions, according to a new report issued today on the state-run Atlanta child welfare system — and advocates for the city’s vulnerable children are calling on state officials to act quickly to rectify this […]

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July 6, 2010

National Child Welfare Expert William Meezan Joins Children’s Rights as Director of Policy and Research

NEW YORK CITY – Noted child welfare scholar and educator William Meezan has joined the national advocacy organization Children’s Rights as director of policy and research. Meezan comes to Children’s Rights from the Ohio State University, where he was a professor of social work and served as dean of the College of Social Work from […]

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