Press Releases

March 9, 2010

Michigan Reforms Stall and Too Many Children Remain Stranded in Foster Care; Stable Leadership Needed Immediately

DETROIT, MI — After making some initial progress in a comprehensive child welfare reform effort required under a federal court order secured by Children’s Rights, a new progress report shows Michigan has still not found safe, permanent families for thousands of children stranded in foster care, and is at risk of backsliding further unless the […]

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February 8, 2010

Lawsuit to Reform Harmful Oklahoma Child Welfare System May Proceed as Class Action, Federal Appeals Court Rules

DENVER, CO — Strongly rejecting state officials’ claims that a district court judge abused his discretion in granting class action status to a lawsuit aimed at reforming the harmful child welfare system of Oklahoma, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver today unanimously upheld the lower court’s May 2009 decision to allow the lawsuit […]

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January 22, 2010

New Report Shows Atlanta Backsliding on Child Welfare Reforms, Threatening Abused and Neglected Kids’ Safety

ATLANTA, GA — Children in the metropolitan Atlanta child welfare system are now suffering abuse and neglect in their foster homes at a rate three times the national standard, says a new report on progress toward implementing widespread child welfare reforms — and Children’s Rights, the national advocacy organization that spurred the reform effort, says […]

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January 7, 2010

New Jersey Must Maintain Focus on Child Welfare Reform to Continue Important Progress for Abused and Neglected Kids

NEWARK, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) continues to produce vital improvements in the care and protection it provides abused and neglected children, according to a new progress report released today on a long-running effort to reform the state’s once-failing child welfare system under a federal court order secured by […]

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December 24, 2009

Connecticut Backslides on Child Welfare Reform, Fails to Provide Adequate Services to Abused and Neglected Kids

HARTFORD, CT — Just two weeks after the national advocacy organization Children’s Rights took legal action to stop Connecticut officials from shuttering critical foster care prevention services for thousands of vulnerable children statewide, a new progress report on a long-running, court-ordered effort to reform the entire state child welfare system shows Connecticut’s performance headed in […]

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December 9, 2009

Child Welfare Advocates Take Legal Action in Connecticut to Block Closure of Key Foster Care Prevention Program

HARTFORD, CT — A successful and widely used program aimed at keeping vulnerable families together — and their children out of foster care — will be shuttered if recent spending reductions made unilaterally by Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell are allowed to stand, according to a motion filed in federal court late last night by the […]

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November 11, 2009

Child Welfare Experts Blast Oklahoma Department of Human Services in New Reports on Kids’ Safety in Foster Care

TULSA, OK — “If you don’t beat them down, they will run all over you.” So says a foster parent quoted in two new reports by independent child welfare experts linking failures throughout the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) with the often horrific abuse and neglect endured by children in state custody, filed today […]

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November 10, 2009

New Report Recommends Widespread Reforms to Bring New York City Foster Kids Home Faster to Permanent Families

NEW YORK CITY – An in-depth new study of the New York City child welfare system, conducted by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights in collaboration with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP), has brought together an unprecedented partnership in an effort to […]

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November 9, 2009

Children’s Rights Renews Challenge to Tennessee Law Unconstitutionally Interfering with Juvenile Court Hearings

NASHVILLE, TN — Five children recently taken into the Tennessee child welfare system on allegations of neglect face an imminent risk of harm due to a new state law aimed at influencing the decisions of juvenile court judges, according to a new challenge to the law filed today on behalf of the children by the […]

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November 2, 2009

Atlanta County Quickens Reform of Legal Representation for Kids in Foster Care

ATLANTA, GA — Fulton County (metro Atlanta) has significantly sped its progress toward completing a groundbreaking, court-ordered effort spurred by Children’s Rights to reform its system of legal representation for abused and neglected children in juvenile court, according to a progress report filed today — and the end of federal court oversight may be within […]

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