Reform Watch

Most of our lawsuits end with settlement agreements and a mandate for massive reform. Children’s Rights, along with independent monitors, ensures the reform goals won on behalf of children and families are met.

Atlanta minimized multiple moves for 95 percent of children in foster care, and caseworkers made well over 95 percent of required monthly visits to children.

Connecticut further reduced its already-decreasing number of all children placed in residential institutions by more than 53 percent, and the number of children age 12 and under in institutions by more than 50 percent.

Washington D.C. made sure that no children were placed in emergency, short-term or shelter facilities for more than 30 days, and that no kids younger than 12 were placed in group settings for more than 30 days, unless their needs could not be met in family-like settings. And the District finalized an agreement with Maryland — where over half of its foster children reside — to streamline the process of safely placing kids in homes in the state.

Michigan hired 440 new caseworkers, nearly all of whom hold a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field, and ensured all new workers scheduled for training completed it within four months of being hired.

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