Press Releases

April 3, 2007

Mississippi Does Not Contest Foster Care Failures, Settles Federal Class Action with Children’s Rights

Children’s Rights, a national advocacy organization, and local Mississippi counsel, along with lawyers for the state of Mississippi, are submitting today for preliminary court approval a settlement agreement reached to reform the state’s child welfare system and resolve a federal class action lawsuit, which was scheduled for trial beginning May 7. Children’s Rights and local […]

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March 26, 2007

Major Problems Still Plaguing Tennessee’s Foster Care System, Despite Progress

Tennessee’s child welfare system, operating under a federal court order, is making progress in some areas but serious problems remain, according to a recent monitoring report. Issued by a panel of child welfare experts, the report examined 2006 data from Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS), the agency that oversees more than 9,000 foster children […]

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March 12, 2007

New Action Plan Promises Better Services for Connecticut Foster Children

Connecticut and its Department of Children and Families (DCF) today reached an agreement with national watchdog group Children’s Rights on a new action plan to better meet the service needs of the state’s abused and neglected children. The plan is the latest development in an ongoing federal class action lawsuit, filed in 1989 by Children’s […]

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February 26, 2007

New Jersey Meeting Essential First Milestones in Child Welfare Reform

A court-ordered monitor, put in place under a 2006 federal court settlement between New Jersey and national watchdog group Children’s Rights, has issued its first report on the state’s child welfare system. The monitoring report credits New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families (DCF), Governor Corzine’s newly created cabinet-level agency that oversees approximately 60,000 abused […]

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November 20, 2006

Important Ruling Protects Milwaukee Foster Children

MILWAUKEE, WI — Federal arbitrator and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine P. Geske today ruled that the state Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) must continue the caseworker retention efforts it initiated a year ago in the face of over 50% annual turnover rates. The ruling is binding and is in response to a […]

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August 29, 2006

Children’s Rights Wins Right to Trial On Behalf Of Mississippi’s Foster Children

JACKSON, MS — A federal court in Mississippi ruled today that Children’s Rights, a national children’s advocacy watchdog group, can proceed to trial against the state of Mississippi on behalf of the approximately 3,500 abused and neglected children in foster care who have sued the state for violations of their constitutional rights. Defendants in the […]

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August 8, 2006

Faced With Lawsuit on Abused and Neglected Foster Children, Michigan Agrees to Immediate Talks

DETROIT, MI — The advocacy group Children’s Rights filed suit today in federal court against Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Marianne Udow on behalf of the nearly 19,000 foster children who continue to be harmed in the state’s child welfare system. The state immediately agreed to enter […]

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July 17, 2006

Children’s Rights Scores Major Victory for New Jersey’s Abused and Neglected Children

TRENTON, NJ — Children’s Rights today secured a new commitment from New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to protect the state’s children from abuse and neglect by jumpstarting what has been a stalled effort to reform its beleaguered child welfare system with concrete measures that will produce genuine results for children. The settlement was reached today […]

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May 3, 2006

Immediate Judgment Called for in Mississippi Foster Care Reform Lawsuit

Children’s Rights and Mississippi co-counsel filed for summary judgment this week on behalf of plaintiff children in the case of Olivia Y. v. Barbour, asserting that the facts admitted to by the state demonstrate that Mississippi has unconstitutionally failed to protect children that depend on the state for their basic needs and safety. Plaintiffs have […]

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May 2, 2006

Federal Judge Blocks Harmful Missouri Adoption Law from Taking Effect

Kansas City, MO — A federal judge today issued an order permanently banning a Missouri law from taking effect that would have cut critical adoption assistance subsidies for thousands of abused and neglected children. In the case, E.C. v. Blunt, a judge ruled that the Missouri law violated the federal rights of abused and neglected […]

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