Press Releases

March 15, 2005

Mississippi DHS: Child Abuse and Neglect Caseloads at “Beyond Danger!” Levels

Documents obtained as part of the child welfare reform lawsuit Olivia Y. v. Barbour show that Mississippi’s Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), is allowing average caseloads of 48 cases per caseworker across the state to place thousands of children at risk of serious harm. The state’s own category […]

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March 7, 2005

First Report From Expert Panel Shows New Jersey Children Still At Risk

The New Jersey Child Welfare Panel today issued its first report on the state’s progress in reforming its child welfare system as a result of the Children’s Rights class action lawsuit Charlie and Nadine H. v. McGreevey. The report by the group of experts, charged with monitoring New Jersey’s court-ordered child welfare reform shows pockets […]

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February 24, 2005

Court Oversight Ends for New Mexico Child Welfare System

Albuquerque, NM — A federal district judge in New Mexico ended court oversight of the state’s child welfare system today, citing reforms achieved under a 25-year class action reform lawsuit, Joseph A. v. Bolson. The lawsuit had been filed in 1980 charging that the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) was doing little to […]

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