Press Releases

August 8, 2016

Connecticut Child Welfare Reform Gains Major Momentum, Report Shows

(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has achieved some of its “best findings ever” in case planning and meeting children’s basic needs, two key areas that have long-plagued the state’s child welfare system, according to a report released today.

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July 15, 2016

CR Executive Director Urges Senate to Pass Legislation to Safely Preserve Families

(New York, NY) – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate adjourned for summer recess without voting on the Family First Prevention Services Act, legislation that would provide federal funding toward services to safely preserve families and prevent children from entering foster care, and also limit federal support for congregate care placements. In response, Sandy Santana, executive director […]

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June 3, 2016

‘Life-Changing’ Settlement Reached to Improve Foster Care for South Carolina’s Children

(Charleston, S.C.) — South Carolina officials and attorneys for plaintiff children advocating for foster care reform agreed to a plan that will require targeted changes to a system that for years has been troubled by a drastic shortage of foster homes, excessive caseworker caseloads and a failure to provide basic health care to kids.

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April 11, 2016

Comedian Monroe Martin, Artist Ronald Draper and Model MelRo Join Young Bloggers to #FosterTruth During National Foster Care Month

(New York, N.Y.) – Failed adoptions, physical abuse, mental illness and even a forced marriage led to foster care for a group of young people who are writing about their experiences this May, National Foster Care Month. Advocacy organization Children’s Rights will bring these stories to life for its 4th annual Fostering the Future campaign, a public awareness effort that sheds light on the realities of life in state care.

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Tennessee Achieves All Foster Care Reform Requirements

(Nashville, TN) – A federal judge ruled today that Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS), once beset with dangerous systemic problems such as high caseloads and a serious shortage of appropriate foster care placements, has reached all of the mandated milestones to overhaul its foster care system.

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March 21, 2016

Federal Judge Appoints Special Masters to Reform Texas Foster Care as 5th U.S. Circuit Denies State’s Request For a Stay

(Corpus Christi, TX) – Today Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack appointed child welfare veteran Kevin Ryan and nationally known court-appointed master Francis McGovern as joint Special Masters, charged with overseeing reform of Texas’ foster care system. Ryan and McGovern were sworn in this afternoon and are slated to begin work on April 1, 2016.

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February 8, 2016

Tennessee Continues to Improve Foster Care, Moves Closer to Exiting Court Oversight, Latest Report Shows

(Nashville, TN) — A new report released by court-appointed federal monitors this afternoon shows continued improvements in the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. The state is required to reach more than 140 benchmarks to transform its foster care system, and has successfully narrowed that down to 13. The report, which evaluates compliance on those 13 […]

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February 2, 2016

New Agreement Recognizes Successes in Reforming Michigan Foster Care, Focuses on Areas Needing Improvement

‘Reform Is Possible When the State Makes it a Priority,’ Says Children’s Rights (Detroit, MI) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and national advocacy organization Children’s Rights have reached a modified settlement agreement that acknowledges progress in reforming Michigan foster care and focuses attention on improving critical areas to assure child […]

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January 19, 2016

Report: Staffing and Service Shortages Jeopardize Connecticut Child Welfare Reform

(Hartford, CT) – A lack of funding has led to “overwhelming” workloads and “insufficient community resources to address the needs of children and families” involved in Connecticut’s child welfare system, according to a report filed today by an independent federal court monitor.

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January 11, 2016

U.S. District Judge Denies Texas’ Attempt to Stall Foster Care Reforms

(Houston, TX) – Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack denied Texas’ motion to stay her December ruling that declared the state must make targeted changes to its foster care system. In response, Paul Yetter, lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in M.D. v. Perry, issued the following statement: “The district court was right […]

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