Press Releases

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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October 14, 2009

Rhode Island Kids’ Right to Challenge Poor Foster Care Treatment in Federal Court Well-Established, Advocates Say

BOSTON, MA — Abused and neglected children in the custody of the dysfunctional Rhode Island child welfare system have a well-established right to challenge their poor treatment in federal court, say state and national child welfare advocates seeking to reinstate a lawsuit brought on the children’s behalf to reform the system — and the state […]

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October 8, 2009

Tennessee Judges Oppose Law Interfering with Children’s Juvenile Court Hearings

NASHVILLE, TN — Judges presiding over life-altering juvenile and family court hearings in Tennessee say a new state law aimed at pressuring them to reduce the number of children they commit to foster care violates children’s constitutional rights and will erode public confidence in the integrity of the judicial process if a federal judge now […]

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September 30, 2009

Kids Seeing Benefits One Year into Michigan Reforms, But Strong Leadership Needed to Ensure Continued Progress

DETROIT, MI — One year into a massive effort to reform the troubled Michigan child welfare system under a federal court order secured by Children’s Rights, a new progress report shows that the state has begun to break a logjam that has kept nearly 10,000 children in foster care waiting years to return home — […]

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September 9, 2009

Children’s Rights Challenges Tennessee Law Unconstitutionally Interfering with Children’s Juvenile Court Hearings

NASHVILLE, TN — Challenging the constitutionality of a new Tennessee law aimed at pressuring local judges to reduce the number of children they commit to foster care — and asserting that the law endangers the safety of abused and neglected kids — the national advocacy organization Children’s Rights today asked a federal judge to issue […]

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August 19, 2009

American Civil Liberties Union Urges Federal Court to Reinstate Rhode Island Foster Care Reform Class Action

BOSTON, MA — Writing that a Rhode Island district court “slammed the courthouse doors” on thousands of abused and neglected children in foster care by dismissing a class action brought on their behalf in federal court to reform the state’s failing child welfare system, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today became the latest children’s […]

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August 14, 2009

Broad National Coalition of Child Welfare Advocates & Experts Lines Up in Support of Rhode Island Reform Class Action

BOSTON, MA — A Rhode Island district court’s decision to dismiss a class action seeking the reform of the state’s child welfare system is “at odds with 30 years of progress in the field of child welfare law,” says a brief (PDF) filed today in a federal appeals court by 15 children’s legal aid organizations, […]

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August 12, 2009

Milwaukee Foster Parent Recruitment Plan Calls for Better Support & Treatment — and 250 New Families Per Year

MILWAUKEE, WI — Child welfare reform advocates from Children’s Rights today called upon the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) to move quickly in implementing a new plan developed by independent experts for recruiting 610 additional foster homes needed to address a severe, ongoing shortage. The new “Recruitment and Retention Plan for Milwaukee County” (PDF), […]

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