Press Releases

September 13, 2017

First Report from Independent Court Monitors Shows South Carolina DSS Has Made Progress, but Faces Many Challenges in Reforming Child Welfare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; wbrown@childrensrights.org —- Agency Has ‘Demonstrated a Commitment to Reforming Its Foster Care System,’ but ‘In the Vast Majority of Areas…a Lot of Work Needs to Be Done,’ According to Report (Charleston, S.C.) — Independent monitors filed their first report today on South Carolina’s efforts to reform […]

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September 5, 2017

Congress Must Show ‘Strong Moral Leadership,’ Take Action to Support DACA, Says Children’s Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; wbrown@childrensrights.org.  In response to the Trump administration’s announcement regarding the formal end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: “Children’s Rights condemns the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. […]

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July 18, 2017

Federal Court Grants Tennessee Governor and Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Exit From 16-Year Lawsuit

Reporting Will Continue for 18 Months —– Legal advocacy can make government accountable and transform the way children are treated by public systems.  Tennessee is a prime example,” says Children’s Rights. (Nashville, TN)—In a momentous ruling for children in foster care served by Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS), a federal court today ordered that […]

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July 5, 2017

Latest Connecticut DCF Report Card ‘Reflects a Disappointing Downward Trend,’ Says Plaintiffs’ Counsel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329, wbrown@childrensrights.org Today an independent court monitor released the latest report in the case of Juan F. v. Malloy, which shows that the Department of Children and Families has experienced a decline in performance in several key areas. The suit, led by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights and […]

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June 12, 2017

Landmark Federal Lawsuit Charges Missouri with Pervasive Failure to Monitor Prescription and Administration of Powerful Psychotrophic Medications to Foster Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACTS: Holly Aubry; haubry@childrensrights.org; 646.943.0541 Lewis Cohen; lcohen@youthlaw.org; 510.835.8098, ext 3045 Jessica Lillie Ciccone: lillieciccone@slu.edu; 314.977.7248 JUNE 12, 2017 – JEFFERSON CITY, MO. – Watchdogs Children’s Rights, National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics have today filed a landmark, civil rights complaint against Jennifer […]

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June 8, 2017

New Report Provides Disturbing Details of Failure to Ensure Safety in Michigan’s Child Welfare System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 347-526-5520 or wbrown@childrensrights.org (DETROIT) — The latest report regarding the status of Michigan’s child welfare system reveals troubling details about failures to ensure the safety of children in its care—and also belies a lack of measurable data, several years after […]

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May 31, 2017

Report: Shortages in Staffing and Foster Homes Strain Metro-Atlanta Child Welfare System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; wbrown@childrensrights.org (ATLANTA) – The latest report on the state of foster care reform in Fulton and DeKalb counties, filed today in the federal court in Atlanta, cites troubling statistics about the current state of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services […]

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May 2, 2017

Children’s Rights and Foster Care Alumni Ask the Nation to #FosterMyEducation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Contact: Anne Blessing Tenney, anne@praytellagency.com, 757-817-7031 Holly Aubry, haubry@childrensrights.org, 646-216-3309 Wende Gozan Brown, wbrown@childrensrights.org, 646-216-3329 Children’s Rights and Foster Care Alumni Ask the Nation to #FosterMyEducation —- Annual Storytelling Campaign Amplifies Accounts of Attaining Education in State Care (New York, NY) – May is a month marked by […]

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April 24, 2017

Report: Nearly All Fifty States are Failing Transgender, Gender-Expansive and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) Youth

New report is the first comprehensive analysis of the explicit law and policy protections for TGNC youth in child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless youth systems (New York, NY) – A new report published today, Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommended Practice and Reality for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth in Out-of-Home Care, offers the […]

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April 4, 2017

Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Nears Exit from Federal Court Oversight

‘We are so proud of Tennessee, not only for doing right by the children in its care, but also for demonstrating that top-to-bottom, systemic reform is absolutely possible,’ says Children’s Rights (Nashville, TN)—Court appointed monitors in the lawsuit known as the Brian A case today report that Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS)—once beset with […]

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