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 […]
(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.
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.
(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.
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.