Press Releases

October 3, 2014

Children’s Rights Responds to Coakley Characterizations

On October 2nd, in response to a political advertisement that questioned Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley’s commitment to abused and neglected children, Ms. Coakley called into question the motives of Children’s Rights’ lawsuit against the state of Massachusetts. In response Sara Bartosz, lead counsel for the organization, issued a statement.

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October 1, 2014

Rollout of New DHS Data System Essential to Tackling Foster Care Challenges, Says CR

(Detroit, MI) – The rolling out of Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS) statewide child welfare data system, while not without its challenges, is a positive step that will ultimately stand to improve foster care for the kids who live in it, Children’s Rights said upon the release of the latest report from independent monitors tracking the state’s child welfare reform effort.

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September 19, 2014

Rising Caseloads and Worker Turnover Threaten Milwaukee Foster Care Reform

Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the progress of The Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) in reforming its child welfare system in the first half of 2014, an effort spurred by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights.

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August 14, 2014

Leadership Change at Children’s Rights

Marcia Robinson Lowry will leave Children’s Rights on August 15, 2014, and will begin working as an independent counsel on M.D. v. Perry, the ongoing class action in Texas, alongside CR and Texas co-counsel. In addition, she will assume full responsibility for monitoring and enforcing reform efforts in Washington, D.C., Mississippi, New Jersey and Oklahoma. “Marcia Robinson Lowry has […]

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July 22, 2014

Latest Report on Metro Atlanta Foster Care Shows Mix of Progress, Problems

While the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is still making improvements to Metro Atlanta foster care, the agency is struggling with caseloads of child abuse investigators, the handling of maltreatment reports and the screening of foster homes, according to the latest report on the implementation of reforms in Fulton and DeKalb Counties.

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July 17, 2014

New Jersey Child Welfare Reform Effort Sees Only Incremental Progress

While New Jersey’s child welfare agency has become a model system in several areas, the state’s foster care reform effort has plateaued and needs attention to speed the pace of reform, Children’s Rights said upon the release of the latest report reviewing the state’s progress.

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July 15, 2014

Advances in D.C. Foster Care Reform, but Child Abuse Investigations Still an Issue

The District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) has made some recent improvements, but is still struggling to conduct quality child abuse investigations, according to a report by an independent monitor to be discussed in federal court.

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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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