(New York, NY) —- A new report by the court-appointed monitor shows that the Mississippi Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is struggling to ensure the basic safety of abused and neglected children in state care — despite a modified settlement agreement filed six months ago addressing the state’s consistent failure to improve system-wide. The reform efforts were spurred by Children’s Rights when the national advocacy group filed a class action suit against the state in 2004.
(Nashville, TN) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced that Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Commissioner Kate O’Day has resigned from her post. In response to this news, Ira Lustbader, associate director of Children’s Rights, issued the following statement.
(Boston, MA) — U.S. District Judge William Young has determined that the trial for a federal class action lawsuit seeking to reform Massachusetts’ deeply-troubled child welfare system will begin on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
(Newark, NJ) — Today an independent federal court monitor released a progress report (PDF) on New Jersey’s child welfare reform effort, a campaign spurred by national advocacy group Children’s Rights. In response to the report, which covers the first half of 2012, Children’s Rights Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry released this statement.
Atlanta Takes Major Steps to Address Foster Care Safety Issues, but Struggles with Growing Caseloads
(New York, NY) — Today federal court monitors released a report (PDF) tracking metropolitan Atlanta’s progress in reforming the child welfare system of DeKalb and Fulton Counties, an effort spurred by national advocacy group Children’s Rights known as the Kenny A. lawsuit.
Solid improvement needed as investigative workers exceed caseload limits & data problems linger (Washington, DC) — A report released today says new leadership at the Children and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is moving the District of Columbia’s long-struggling child welfare agency toward the path of reform.
Massachusetts Fails to Ensure the Safe Administration of Psychotropic Medications to Children in Foster Care
(Boston, MA) — The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) lacks an oversight system and qualified staff to ensure that foster children are safely and appropriately administered psychiatric prescriptions, according to an expert report released today by attorneys for Children’s Rights, who represent foster children in a lawsuit against the state.
Wisconsin Poised to Achieve Compliance with Reform Plan that Overhauls Milwaukee Child Welfare System
Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the continued progress of The Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) in reforming its child welfare system — an effort launched by national advocacy group Children’s Rights.
(Boston, MA) — A massive review of Massachusetts foster care shows that nearly one in five children who have been in state care for at least two years have suffered confirmed abuse or neglect — all while in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Children’s Rights: Result is a Roadmap That ‘Inevitably Will Transform’ Child Welfare