(New York, NY) – Children’s Rights Executive Director, Sandy Santana, released the following statement today in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito’s announcement to close Rikers Island. “This is a promising day for thousands who are proponents of justice for all New Yorkers. For far too long, Rikers Island has […]
DMCPS Must Put ‘Laser Focus’ on Recruiting Foster Homes and Strengthening Supports for Foster Parents and Kids in Care
(Milwaukee, WI) – Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the progress of the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS) in reforming Milwaukee’s child welfare system in 2016, an effort spurred by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights. In response to the report, Eric Thompson, of counsel to Children’s Rights, issued the following statement: “It […]
Despite Notable Gains, Connecticut’s Child Welfare System “Undermined” by “Longstanding” Issues, According to Latest Report
(New York, NY) – The independent monitor in the federal lawsuit known as the “Juan F” case found that the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) performance continues to fall short in six of 22 court-ordered benchmarks needed to reform its child welfare system. These include the critical areas of case planning and meeting […]
Child Advocates, State Officials Agree to Streamlined Foster Care Reform Plan, Putting Fulton and Dekalb Counties on Path to Exit Court Oversight
In recognition of some substantial improvements in Fulton and DeKalb counties’ foster care systems (metro Atlanta) and the need to hone in on specific focus areas, attorneys for Plaintiff children and State officials have agreed to a streamlined foster care reform plan—one that could put the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) on the path to exit court oversight.
Agreement Heralds a Brighter Future for Children in State Care; Includes Lower Caseloads, Fewer Young Kids in Institutions, Better Health Care (Charleston, S.C.) — U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel today granted final approval for a landmark settlement that requires dramatic changes for South Carolina’s foster care system—which for years has been troubled by a […]
Milwaukee, WI) – Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the progress of the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS) in reforming Milwaukee’s child welfare system in the first half of 2016, an effort spurred by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights. In response to the report, Eric Thompson, of counsel to Children’s Rights, issued […]
Child Advocates and State Officials Agree to Streamlined Child Welfare Reform Plan, Putting Connecticut DCF on Path to Exit Court Oversight
New Plan Reduces Remaining Goals from 22 to 10; Guarantees That DCF’s Budget Cannot Go Lower Than Current Levels While State is Under Court-Ordered Decree (Bridgeport, CT) – Child advocates and state officials presented a streamlined child welfare reform plan before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill today, which, if approved by the Court and the […]
Report: DFCS Will Phase Out Hotels as Placements for Metro Atlanta Foster Youth; Is Better Protecting Kids From Harm
While ‘Challenges Remain’ in Fulton and DeKalb Counties, ‘We Expect to See Continued Progress,’ Says Children’s Rights (Atlanta, GA) – The latest report on the state of foster care reform in Fulton and DeKalb counties, filed yesterday in the federal court in Atlanta, notes that the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has […]
(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.
(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 […]