Press Releases

March 27, 2014

Federal District Court Erred in Connor B. V. Patrick Ruling, Assert Children’s Rights, Boston Co-Counsel

‘Vulnerable children…were erroneously held to a standard of proof no less burdensome than the standard to be met by an incarcerated felon,’ declares legal brief.

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March 26, 2014

Report Gives Mixed Review on Michigan’s Foster Care Reform Effort

Independent federal court monitors released a report that reviews the progress of Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS) in reforming its child welfare system in the first half of 2013, an effort spurred by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights.

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February 5, 2014

Metro Atlanta’s Foster Care System Makes Strides in Several Areas

Federal court monitors released a report tracking the Department of Family and Child Services’ progress as it reforms child welfare in metro Atlanta (DeKalb and Fulton Counties). In response to the report, Ira Lustbader, associate director of Children’s Rights, said while the improvements are noteworthy, DFCS must strive to overcome persistent problems that impact kids.

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January 24, 2014

D.C. Struggles to Complete Timely Child Maltreatment Investigations, Find Permanent Homes for Kids, Report Shows

(New York, NY) — The District of Columbia’s Children’s and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is not completing investigations into child abuse and neglect allegations on time or finding enough permanent homes for kids languishing in foster care, and caseworkers are often failing to assess the safety of foster kids, according to a report released today […]

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January 21, 2014

Advances Made for Kids in Connecticut Foster Care, Report Shows

(New York, NY) — The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has made significant strides in improving care for abused, neglected and “at risk” children, but some serious systematic issues remain, according to a report released today.

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January 7, 2014

DHS Misses the Mark with First Attempts at Foster Care Reform

(Tulsa, OK) — An initial report by the three monitors chosen to assess Oklahoma’s progress on child welfare reform shows that its Department of Human Services (DHS) is failing to meet important initial goals, has been unable to provide data needed to accurately assess progress, and is facing a crisis if it doesn’t effectively address staff turnover.

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December 24, 2013

NYC’S Incoming Child Welfare Commissioner Must Immediately Address Longstanding Foster Care Failings

‘Clearly There is a Missing Ingredient When It Comes to Keeping the City’s Children Safe’ (New York, NY) — Yesterday mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named Gladys Carrión as his child welfare commissioner for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). In response, Marcia Robinson Lowry, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: […]

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November 25, 2013

MA Department of Children and Families Failed to Comply with National Standards, State and Federal Requirements and its Own Internal Policies, Federal Judge Finds

(New York, NY) — A federal judge who has ruled that the failings of Massachusetts’ child welfare system did not warrant injunctive relief found in a recently issued opinion that the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) “has failed not only to comport with national standards of care and state and federal requirements but also to comply with its own internal policies” for protecting and supporting children in foster care.

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October 8, 2013

Children Still Being Harmed in Michigan Foster Care, Report Shows

(New York, NY) —- Michigan is five years into a court-ordered reform of its foster care system, but the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is still struggling in its most crucial mission — to protect kids from abuse and neglect, according to a report released today by federal monitors.

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October 2, 2013

DCF Improves Case Planning for Foster Children, but Backslides in Crucial Area — Keeping Kids Safe From Repeat Abuse and Neglect

While New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) recently made critical improvements in aspects of child welfare, the state is still struggling to meet its obligations in some core areas, such as keeping children safe from repeat maltreatment and finding them permanent homes, according to a progress report released by an independent federal court monitor.

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