Press Releases

October 5, 2015

Tennessee Child Welfare System Reaches Milestone, Complies with 90 Percent of Reform Goals

(Nashville, TN) – Tennessee is closer than ever to making all of the required improvements to its Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and ending federal court oversight, according to an exit plan that was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Todd J. Campbell in a hearing today.

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September 30, 2015

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiff Children in Foster Care Suit; Denies State Agencies’ Request to Dismiss

A federal court yesterday ruled that a class action targeting Arizona’s struggling child welfare system should be allowed to proceed.

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September 25, 2015

Report: Children in Milwaukee Foster Care are Safer, but Persistent Issues Remain

Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the progress of The Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) in the first half of 2015. In response to the report and in anticipation of expected leadership changes, Eric Thompson, of counsel to Children’s Rights, issued a statement.

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September 3, 2015

Children’s Rights Calls for Transparency in Massachusetts Child Welfare

(Boston, MA) — Children’s Rights – the national advocacy organization that since 2010 has been pushing to reform Massachusetts foster care for thousands of kids – is now seeking to ensure the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) is more transparent.

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August 25, 2015

Children’s Rights, Local Counsel Seek Remedy for Worst Failings of Rhode Island’s Child Welfare System

(Providence, R.I.) – As longstanding, systemic failings within Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) continue to place vulnerable children in harm’s way, plaintiffs have submitted an amended federal class action lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island on behalf of the approximately 1,800 children in state foster care.

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July 31, 2015

Tennessee Child Welfare Reform Remains on a Positive Path, Report Shows

(Nashville, TN) — The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) “continues to devote the energy, attention and resources” needed to “maintain the significant progress that it has already made” and to improve its work in other areas, according to a report filed this afternoon by a team of court-appointed federal monitors.

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June 30, 2015

Sandy Santana Named Executive Director of Children’s Rights

(New York, NY) – Sandy Santana, who has served as interim executive director of Children’s Rights (CR) for the last 10 months, has been named executive director of the national advocacy organization, the group’s Board of Directors announced today.

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June 19, 2015

Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean Joins Children’s Rights’ Board of Directors

(New York, NY) – Grammy Award-winning producer, recording artist and global entrepreneur Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean has joined the board of directors of national non-profit Children’s Rights (CR), the advocacy group announced today.

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April 29, 2015

Connecticut Foster Care Reform Threatened by Lack of Services for Kids, Report Finds

(New York, NY) – While the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has made significant improvements under the leadership of Commissioner Joette Katz – such as safely reducing the number of kids in state care and keeping more children in family homes and with relatives and far fewer in institutions – DCF is falling behind in crucial areas, according to a report released today.

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April 22, 2015

1st Circuit Finds Federal Court ‘Tilted the Playing Field’

(Providence, RI) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit found yesterday that a district court “abused its discretion” in connection with its dismissal of a federal suit calling for reform of Rhode Island’s dysfunctional child welfare system. The appeals court ruled that the district court acted improperly when it refused to allow plaintiffs to meet with counsel and when it barred them from obtaining evidence essential to their claims.

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