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Press Releases

December 3, 2020

ACTION: Motion for preliminary injunction filed to stop immediate harm to vulnerable Ohio children and families

Contacts: Children’s Rights – Camilla Jenkins cjenkins@childrensrights.org  917.971.1784 DLA Piper – Josh Epstein josh.epstein@us.dlapiper.com  212.776.3838 Cincinnati, OH —A Preliminary Injunction Motion and a Motion for Class Certification were filed today on behalf of children placed with eligible relative foster parents to stop the state of Ohio from withholding federally required Foster Care Maintenance Payments that […]

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November 19, 2020

Lawsuit Argues Ohio Illegally Fails to Provide Required Payments to Relative Foster Parents

Children’s Rights – Camilla Jenkins cjenkins@childrensrights.org  917.971.1784 DLA Piper – Josh Epstein josh.epstein@us.dlapiper.com  212.776.3838 (Cincinnati, OH) – In Ohio, foster children cared for by relatives are being unlawfully denied foster care maintenance payments, according to a complaint filed today in Cincinnati federal court against the state of Ohio by attorney Richard F. Dawahare, attorney Jay […]

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November 18, 2020

Celebrities show up for Children’s Rights #1Nation4Children Benefit

Virtual benefit honors musician Cyndi Lauper with appearances by Rosario Dawson, Ashton Kutcher, Alicia Keys and more (New York, NY) – Children’s Rights, the preeminent legal and advocacy voice for children in the child welfare system, hosted its 15th annual Benefit Gala & Inspiration Awards virtually on Wednesday, November 18. The benefit, hosted by Broadway […]

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November 16, 2020

Federal Court to Protect the Rights of Detained Youth in Georgia to Receive Special Ed Services

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org Federal Court Reaches Preliminary Approval of Settlement to Protect the Rights of Detained Youth in Georgia to Receive Special Education Services in T.H., et al. v. DeKalb County School District, et al. (Atlanta, GA) – On November 10th, a federal court in Atlanta preliminarily approved a class action settlement with the […]

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November 10, 2020

Some Improvements, But Critical Safety Concerns Remain In Latest Michigan Monitoring Report

The court monitoring team in the ongoing federal child welfare reform lawsuit know as Dwayne B. v. Whitmer released the latest report on the progress of the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHHS), finding critical safety concerns for children under state care. Filed today, this report covers the second half of 2019 (July-December 2019). The […]

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November 3, 2020

Court Decision Vacates Harmful “Public Charge” Rule

As the nation holds its breath on this fraught Election Day, there is welcome news for children, and for the rule of law. On November 2, Judge Gary Feinerman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered the Trump administration to vacate its “public charge” rule, saying the policy exceeded the […]

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October 23, 2020

Children’s Rights Applauds Additional Funding Announced for Connecticut’s Foster Parents

The following statements were issued by Ira Lustbader, Litigation Director at Children’s Rights, and Steven Frederick, Partner at Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky in response to Governor Ned Lamont’s approval of supplemental funding to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The new funding will support foster parents for the costs associated with caring for […]

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October 20, 2020

Infrastructure Brief Reveals Progress and Areas for Improvement in Fulton and DeKalb County Child Welfare Systems

(Kenny A. v. Kemp, 1:02-cv-01686-TWT, N.D. Ga) Contact: Camilla Jenkins, cjenkins@childrensrights.org (Atlanta, GA) –A new infrastructure brief outlines specific measures that will allow Georgia to recover millions of dollars in federal reimbursement for child welfare programs, better manage contract agencies to ensure safer outcomes for children, and hold the state’s child welfare system to a […]

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October 13, 2020

Foster Care Settlement Agreement in Arizona Moves Forward as Court Grants Preliminary Approval

Contacts: aronan@aclpi.org, cjenkins@childrensrights.org, jmais@perkinscoie.com Phoenix AZ — Today U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver granted preliminary approval of a settlement agreement for ​B.K. v. Faust​ , a federal class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the more than 13,000 children in Arizona’s state foster care system. The settlement will require the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) […]

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September 9, 2020

DCF Continues Progress Through the Pandemic, New Report Shows

The Court Monitor in the ongoing federal child welfare reform lawsuit known as Juan F. v. Lamont (formerly Juan F. v. Malloy) released the latest report on the progress of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) in meeting the remaining improvement requirements in that lawsuit. The report covers the Fourth Quarter of 2019 (October-December […]

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