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March 17, 2011

Oklahoma Ignores Abuse & Neglect Claims from Foster Youth in Institutions, Says Shocking New Report

Five Child Deaths Were Preventable, According to National Child Welfare Expert   TULSA, OK — A shocking new report by a national child welfare expert has revealed that several children who suffered abuse and neglect in Oklahoma group homes and institutions were never seen by a Department of Human Services (DHS) investigator — while many […]

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March 11, 2011

Milwaukee Continuing to Improve Safety and Well-Being of Foster Kids, But Still Falls Short in Two Critical Areas

MILWAUKEE, WIS. – The number of children abused or neglected while in Milwaukee foster care has fallen to a historic low, according to a new progress report tracking the ongoing effort spurred by Children’s Rights to reform the county’s once-troubled child welfare system. However, the state must continue to focus on limiting the number of […]

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March 7, 2011

Wisconsin Makes Key Improvements for Foster Youth Living with Relatives; Advocates Call for Additional Efforts

MADISON, WIS. – Wisconsin has taken important steps to improve the safety of foster youth living with relatives and to bolster support for the family members willing to step up and care for them, according to a new report released today by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights. But the state must improve its data […]

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February 28, 2011

Federal Court Rules Massachusetts Child Welfare Case Can Proceed on Behalf of All Children in Foster Care

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Less than two months after rejecting Massachusetts officials’ efforts to block abused and neglected children’s access to federal court, U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor today ruled that the lawsuit Children’s Rights and co-counsel filed seeking to reform the state’s badly broken child welfare system may proceed as a class action on behalf […]

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February 17, 2011

New Report Reveals Shocking Number of Oklahoma Kids Abused in Foster Care, Forced to Change Homes Repeatedly

TULSA, OK — One out of eight children in a massive review of Oklahoma foster care cases has suffered confirmed abuse or neglect in the custody of the state Department of Human Services (DHS), according to a new report by independent child welfare experts released today by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights and local […]

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January 4, 2011

Massachusetts Child Welfare Reform Case to Proceed as Foster Youth Win Major Decision

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Rejecting state officials’ efforts to block abused and neglected children’s access to federal court, U.S.District Judge Michael A. Ponsor today denied a motion to dismiss the federal class action filed by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights and Boston law firm Nutter McClennen & FishLLP seeking broad reform on behalf of approximately 8,500 […]

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December 16, 2010

New NJ Leadership Maintains Improvements in Foster Care — Must Now Focus on Family Involvement in Cases

NEWARK, NJ — The new leadership team at New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families has maintained the agency’s progress improving protection and care for thousands of abused and neglected children statewide, says a new progress report on an ongoing effort spurred by Children’s Rights to reform the state’s once-troubled child welfare system — and […]

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December 7, 2010

Advocates Call for Immediate Improvements for Foster Youth as Michigan Reform Falters

DETROIT, MICH. – Two years into a comprehensive court-ordered effort secured by national advocacy group Children’s Rights to reform Michigan’s failing child welfare system, a new progress report shows thousands of children are still stranded in foster care waiting for safe, permanent families and more youth are aging out of foster care without homes or skills […]

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November 12, 2010

Unprecedented Reforms Transform Legal Representation for Atlanta Foster Youth; Federal Court Oversight Could End in 2011

ATLANTA, GA — The end of federal court oversight of the Fulton County Child Attorney Office is in view as a new progress report shows comprehensive reforms spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights have ensured that children in Atlanta foster care receive significantly higher quality representation from the attorneys appointed to represent them […]

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November 10, 2010

End of Federal Court Oversight in View as Tennessee Dramatically Improves Care for Thousands of Abused and Neglected Kids

NASHVILLE – Nine years into a historic effort spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights to reform the once-failing Tennessee child welfare system, a new progress report shows that the state’s abused and neglected children are dramatically safer and better cared for in state custody — and the end of federal court oversight of […]

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