Press Releases

February 11, 2008

Report Blames Michigan Child Welfare System for Abuse, Death of Children in Foster Care

DETROIT, MI — Likening the management of Michigan’s Department of Human Services to “blindfolded school bus drivers,” unable to see and respond to impending dangers to the children in its custody, a scathing new report by an expert in Children’s Rights’ child welfare reform lawsuit against the state of Michigan lays the blame for several […]

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February 5, 2008

Widespread Failures Plague Michigan Child Welfare System, New Independent Report Shows

DETROIT, MI — A court-ordered analysis of the cases of 460 abused and neglected children in the custody of Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS), released today, confirms allegations made by Children’s Rights in a federal class action accusing DHS of systemwide failure to provide children with stable foster care placements, vital services, and adequate […]

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January 14, 2008

Fulton County Showing “Slow but Steady Progress” in Improving Legal Representation for Foster Children

ATLANTA, GA — An independent monitoring report released today shows that Fulton County is making “slow but steady” progress toward lowering the caseloads of attorneys representing foster children in the Juvenile Courts, and some improvements in the quality of representation on behalf of children in court hearings. However, data in the report shows that caseloads […]

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December 20, 2007

Report: DeKalb County Improving Legal Representation of Foster Children in Juvenile Courts

ATLANTA, GA — An independent monitoring report released today shows that DeKalb County has made significant progress in lowering caseloads for lawyers representing foster children in the Juvenile Courts, and in improving the quality of legal representation children receive. The reforms were undertaken to comply with the 2006 settlement of part of the federal class […]

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December 19, 2007

New Report: Sustained Progress at DCF, But Planning and Service Problems Remain

WALLINGFORD, CT — Although Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) continues to struggle to achieve several important benchmarks in implementing reforms to its child welfare services required by a longstanding court order, it has undertaken some initiatives to facilitate improvements, according to an independent monitoring report filed today. The quarterly report, which covers the […]

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December 17, 2007

Atlanta Foster Care Reforms Lagging, New Report Says

ATLANTA, GA — In spite of some improvements, the Atlanta foster care system is still failing to make required progress toward reform in many critical areas, according to a new, court-ordered monitoring report released today. The independent report was required under the 2005 settlement of Kenny A. v. Perdue, a federal class action brought against […]

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November 8, 2007

Mississippi Settles Lawsuit, Agrees to Comprehensive Reform of Child Welfare System

NEW YORK, NY — A settlement agreement mandating top-to-bottom reform of Mississippi’s long-failing child welfare system has been reached in the federal class action brought against the state by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights and a team of attorneys from Mississippi and across the country. The settlement, submitted for preliminary court approval, resolves the […]

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October 22, 2007

New Jersey Makes Additional Progress Toward Court-Ordered Child Welfare Reform

NEW YORK, NY — Although significant challenges remain, New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) has mostly completed the first phase of a massive reform effort required under the settlement of the landmark class action brought against the state by Children’s Rights on behalf of children in New Jersey’s child welfare system, according to […]

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October 3, 2007

Forty-Nine States Falling Short of Adequate Reimbursement Rates for Foster Care, Study Shows

NEW YORK, NY — States across the nation must raise the rates by which they reimburse foster parents by an average of 36 percent to cover the actual costs of supporting a child in foster care, according to a new report released today by Children’s Rights, the National Foster Parent Association, and the University of […]

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September 24, 2007

Despite Improvements, Reports Show Urgent Need to Improve Planning and Services for Children in Connecticut

Two major reports evaluating Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF), released today, reveal that while DCF has made impressive progress in implementing improvements required by a longstanding court order to reform its child welfare services, a new sense of urgency is needed to address system-wide “gridlock,” waitlists for services, and other serious problems that […]

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