Press Releases

July 9, 2014

Connecticut Foster Care Reform Threatened by Workforce, Service Issues, Report Finds

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has made “significant progress” under the leadership of Commissioner Joette Katz, but an overburdened workforce and a shortage of key support services for kids and families are threatening the effort to reform the state’s child welfare system.

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July 2, 2014

DFCS, Advocates Develop Plan to Get Child Welfare Reform on Track

In light of an independent monitor’s findings of non-compliance with court-ordered reform, representatives from Mississippi’s Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), national advocacy group Children’s Rights and Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP have agreed to a plan designed to address capacity issues within DFCS and improve its performance.

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June 24, 2014

Oklahoma Still Behind on Foster Home Recruitment, Cutting Shelter Use, Report Shows

State Also Struggling with Growing Backlog of Child Protection Investigations, According to DHS Data (New York, NY) –– The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is failing to make needed progress in crucial areas like recruiting more foster families, reducing shelter use for young children and keeping kids safe from abuse and neglect in foster care, according […]

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June 2, 2014

Tennessee’s Foster Care Reform Effort is ‘Back On Track,’ Report Finds

The new administration at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) has put the state’s recently-stalled child welfare reform effort “back on track” and has shown “focused and renewed attention” to the work that remains, according to a report filed by a team of court-appointed federal monitors.

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May 22, 2014

Report Shows Little Progress for Child Welfare Reform Effort; DFCS, Advocates Agree to 30 Days to Develop Remedial Plan

Representatives from Mississippi’s Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), national advocacy group Children’s Rights and Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP will take the next 30 days to develop a legally binding plan to address failures in the state’s child welfare reform effort. According to the most recent independent report charting DFCS progress, the pace of child welfare reform “must be accelerated.”

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April 30, 2014

Court Decision on DCYF ‘Allows a Dangerous Foster Care System to Operate Unchanged,’ Says Children’s Rights

(New York, NY) — Today U.S. District Judge Mary M. Lisi found in favor of the defendants in a class-action lawsuit prosecuted by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, attorney John Dineen in Providence and the national firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, asserting that Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is failing to ensure the […]

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April 29, 2014

Pinnacle Plan: DHS Fails to Make Significant Strides, Says New Report

Independent monitors charged with assessing Oklahoma’s child welfare reform effort found that the Department of Human Services (DHS) is unable to demonstrate positive change in any of seven agreed-upon performance areas–and has not made “good faith efforts to achieve substantial and sustained progress” in the key measure of increasing foster homes.

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April 25, 2014

In The Wake of Sexual Abuse Claim, Boys Home of the South and SCDSS Settle Lawsuit; Boys Home Announces Its Closing

(Abbeville, S.C.) — The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and the Boys Home of the South, Inc. have settled, for an undisclosed sum, a lawsuit alleging that an 11-year-old boy was sexually abused at the facility in Belton, S.C.–then denied immediate psychological treatment for months after the assault. The suit was brought by South Carolina law firms Hite & Stone in Abbeville, S.C.; The Camden Law Firm in Camden, S.C.; and national advocacy organization Children’s Rights in New York.

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April 9, 2014

Voices of Foster Youth Amplified in Second Annual Campaign

NEW YORK, NY – On May 1, in recognition of National Foster Care Month, national advocacy organization Children’s Rights will launch its second annual Fostering the Future campaign to raise public awareness about life in state care. The campaign’s website, www.fosteringthefuture.com, will feature a blog post each day of May from someone affected by the […]

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March 31, 2014

Abuse Rate in Milwaukee Foster Care Drops to All-Time Low, but Kids Still Lack Stability, Report Finds

Eric Thompson, of counsel to Children’s Rights, released a statement in response to the latest progress report on the reform of the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare (BMCW) during 2013.

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