WI Jeanine B. v. Walker


Children’s Rights, along with co-counsel the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Wisconsin, Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A., and Dorsey & Whitney LLP, prosecuted this case against the Governor of Wisconsin on behalf of all Milwaukee children in child welfare custody. The Complaint and Supplemental Complaint alleged violations of children’s constitutional and federal statutory rights. The parties settled the case in 2002.


U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
Successfully Closed
June 1, 1993
Focus Areas
Child Health, Government Accountability, Families Together

In September 2021, a federal court ordered that the agency may exit federal court oversight of a settlement agreement that resulted in major systems change and tangible results for children and families. In the time since the settlement agreement, DCF has worked to meet the agreement’s 19 performance measures, leading to sweeping improvements that mean children have become increasingly safe in government care and have a better chance at a permanent home.

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