Press Releases

January 11, 2016

Plaintiffs Respond to Texas’ Attempt to Stall Foster Care Reforms: ‘It is time to … fix what has long been broken’

(Houston, TX) – Texas filed a notice of appeal as well as a motion to stay in response to Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack’s ruling that declared the state must make targeted changes to its foster care system. In turn, Paul Yetter, lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in M.D. v. Perry, issued […]

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December 18, 2015

Federal Judge Asserts Texas Foster Care is ‘Broken,’ Must Be Fixed

(Corpus Christi, TX) – In an exhaustive and much-anticipated 255-page decision, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack ruled in favor of plaintiff children in a federal class action lawsuit, declaring Texas must make extensive changes to its foster care system to improve thousands of young lives.

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November 12, 2015

Child Welfare Systems and Family Courts Must Embrace, Fully Involve LGBTQ Foster Parents, Asserts Children’s Rights

In response to the ruling of a Utah juvenile court judge, who mandated that a baby girl be moved from lesbian foster parents to a heterosexual home, Christina Remlin, senior staff attorney at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, released the following statement.

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October 21, 2015

Children’s Rights Raises Over $1 Million at Tenth Annual Benefit

Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean Presented Children’s Rights Board Chair, Alan C. Myers, with Champion Award New York, NY – On Tuesday, October 20th, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Children’s Rights (CR) raised over $1 million at its Tenth Annual Benefit. All proceeds from the evening directly support Children’s Rights’ efforts to use the law […]

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October 5, 2015

Tennessee Child Welfare System Reaches Milestone, Complies with 90 Percent of Reform Goals

(Nashville, TN) – Tennessee is closer than ever to making all of the required improvements to its Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and ending federal court oversight, according to an exit plan that was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Todd J. Campbell in a hearing today.

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September 30, 2015

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiff Children in Foster Care Suit; Denies State Agencies’ Request to Dismiss

A federal court yesterday ruled that a class action targeting Arizona’s struggling child welfare system should be allowed to proceed.

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September 25, 2015

Report: Children in Milwaukee Foster Care are Safer, but Persistent Issues Remain

Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the progress of The Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) in the first half of 2015. In response to the report and in anticipation of expected leadership changes, Eric Thompson, of counsel to Children’s Rights, issued a statement.

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September 3, 2015

Children’s Rights Calls for Transparency in Massachusetts Child Welfare

(Boston, MA) — Children’s Rights – the national advocacy organization that since 2010 has been pushing to reform Massachusetts foster care for thousands of kids – is now seeking to ensure the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) is more transparent.

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August 25, 2015

Children’s Rights, Local Counsel Seek Remedy for Worst Failings of Rhode Island’s Child Welfare System

(Providence, R.I.) – As longstanding, systemic failings within Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) continue to place vulnerable children in harm’s way, plaintiffs have submitted an amended federal class action lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island on behalf of the approximately 1,800 children in state foster care.

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July 31, 2015

Tennessee Child Welfare Reform Remains on a Positive Path, Report Shows

(Nashville, TN) — The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) “continues to devote the energy, attention and resources” needed to “maintain the significant progress that it has already made” and to improve its work in other areas, according to a report filed this afternoon by a team of court-appointed federal monitors.

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