Press Releases

January 12, 2015

Children Sue South Carolina to End Longstanding Dangers in Foster Care

(Charleston, S.C.) — Citing dangerous deficiencies in South Carolina’s child welfare system – including a drastic shortage of foster homes, excessive caseloads and a failure to provide children with basic health care – national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and Matthew T. Richardson, partner at the South Carolina law firm Wyche P.A., today filed suit against Governor Nikki Haley and Acting State Director of the Department of Social Services (DSS) Susan Alford.

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December 18, 2014

Children’s Rights Calls On Board of Correction to Prohibit Solitary Confinement for Those Under 25 at New York City Jails

(New York) – Julia Davis, staff attorney at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, will join the Legal Aid Society, the Urban Justice Center and other organizations and individuals testifying at a public hearing that will examine the effects of solitary confinement and consider the City’s proposed segregated housing at Rikers Island. Children’s Rights is calling on the New York City Board of Correction to prohibit solitary confinement or the use of “Enhanced Supervision Housing” for youth under the age of 25.

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December 2, 2014

Children’s Rights to Oppose Michigan DHS Motion

On Dec. 2, the Michigan Department of Human Services filed a motion seeking to dissolve or modify a 2011 modified settlement agreement that allows for federal monitors to oversee the state’s child welfare system. In response to the filing, Sara Bartosz, lead counsel for Children’s Rights, issued a statement.

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October 9, 2014

CT Making Progress on Foster Care Reform, but Service Shortages Remain, Report Finds

Today an independent federal court monitor released a report that reviews the progress of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) in reforming its child welfare system, a longstanding effort spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights. In response to the report, covering the second quarter of 2014, Ira Lustbader, litigation director of Children’s Rights, issued a statement.

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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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