Press Releases

December 15, 2008

New Report Praises Progress in TN Child Welfare Reform Effort, Outlines Challenges Ahead

NASHVILLE, TN — Seven years after the landmark settlement of a federal class action brought by Children’s Rights, seeking the reform of Tennessee’s once-failing child welfare system on behalf of all children in its custody, a new independent progress report released today praises the state for implementing a broad range of important systemwide improvements — […]

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December 11, 2008

Georgia Agrees to Aggressive Plan to Find Permanent Homes for Kids Stuck in Foster Care

ATLANTA, GA — Facing the continued threat of contempt proceedings for violating the terms of a longstanding court order secured by Children’s Rights mandating the reform of the Atlanta child welfare system, Georgia officials have agreed to an aggressive new plan to reduce a persistent backlog of hundreds of children who have languished for years […]

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November 19, 2008

Atlanta Monitoring Foster Children More Carefully, But Still Failing to Provide Critical Services

ATLANTA, GA — Three years after the state of Georgia undertook a major effort to reform the Atlanta child welfare system under a federal court order secured by Children’s Rights, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has improved its oversight of abused and neglected children in state custody, says a new report issued […]

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October 30, 2008

New Jersey Child Welfare Reforms Remain on Track, but New Report Notes Concerns

NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey continues to make progress in implementing the first phase of a massive child welfare reform effort mandated by the settlement of a federal class action brought by Children’s Rights on behalf of children dependent on the state’s child welfare system, according to a report released today by the independent monitor […]

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October 14, 2008

Georgia County Exits Court Oversight After Reform of Legal Representation for Foster Children

ATLANTA – DeKalb County (metro Atlanta) has made dramatic improvements in the quality of legal representation it provides to children in foster care, met all of the requirements of a court order mandating the comprehensive reform of its Child Advocacy Center, and today joined the national advocacy group Children’s Rights and co-counsel in seeking an […]

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October 7, 2008

Federal Court Approves Landmark Settlement Mandating Michigan Child Welfare Reform

DETROIT, MI — A settlement agreement requiring comprehensive reform and federal court oversight of Michigan’s long-failing child welfare system was approved today by U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds, who hailed the settlement as going as far as possible to address the system’s problems and put in place the best means of solving them. A […]

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October 6, 2008

DC Agrees to Implement Emergency Measures to Fix Child Welfare Failures

WASHINGTON, DC — Under the continued threat of contempt proceedings for violating the terms of a longstanding order to reform its dysfunctional child welfare system — and the possibility of a second federal court takeover of the system — the District of Columbia has agreed to contract external child welfare experts to develop and execute […]

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September 29, 2008

In CT, Backlogs of Children Awaiting Homes and Services, But Reforms Underway

BRIDGEPORT, CT — The latest progress report on Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) credits the agency with implementing the first stages of a new court-ordered reform plan, including efforts to recruit hundreds of additional foster parents, but also highlights more than 2,500 foster children requiring heightened reviews because they are “stuck” in state […]

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August 19, 2008

Advocates Seek Contempt Finding Against State of Georgia

ATLANTA, GA — Citing the ongoing failure of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to meet court-ordered requirements to find permanent homes for hundreds of abused and neglected children languishing in state custody, the national advocacy group Children’s Rights and local co-counsel today asked the federal court to find the state in contempt. […]

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August 1, 2008

Report: Fulton County Inching Toward Improvements in Children’s Legal Representation

ATLANTA, GA — Fulton County made incremental progress toward improving legal representation of children in Juvenile Court during the first half of 2008, but much remains to be done before the county fulfills the court-enforceable requirements mandated by the settlement of the federal class action lawsuit aimed at reforming Atlanta’s troubled child welfare system, according […]

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