(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.
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 […]
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 […]
(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.
(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 […]
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 […]
(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.