Press Releases

March 22, 2013

Wisconsin Closes in on Final Benchmark of Foster Care Reform Plan

Over the last decade the Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) has made life-changing improvements for kids in its foster care system. Leaders have dramatically cut the rate of abuse and neglect in care, the amount of time kids spend there and the number of children on workers’ caseloads.

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March 21, 2013

Ruling Upholds Mandate to Ensure Rights of Former Foster Youth

Federal District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds ruled that Michigan’s Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care (YAVFC) program requires ongoing monitoring and enforcement, as mandated in the Modified Settlement Agreement for Dwayne B. v Snyder–a federal class action brought by national advocacy group Children’s Rights.

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March 20, 2013

Michigan Still Not Protecting Kids from Abuse and Neglect

Five years after Michigan agreed to reform its child welfare system, the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is still struggling in its most critical mandate –to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect, according to a report released today by the federal monitors charged with tracking the reform.

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March 7, 2013

Children’s Rights Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

(New York) — Children’s Rights’ sound fiscal management practices have earned the organization a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

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February 13, 2013

Mississippi Fails to Tackle Systemic Failures at DFCS

(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.

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February 6, 2013

Tennessee’s Dept. of Children’s Services Commissioner Resigns

(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.

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January 17, 2013

Massachusetts Child Welfare Case Goes to Trial on Tuesday

(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.

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December 19, 2012

NJ Must Improve Core Services for Foster Kids to Remain a Leader in Child Welfare Reform

(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.

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December 18, 2012

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.

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December 17, 2012

Report: D.C. Child Welfare Reform Builds Momentum Under New Leadership

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.

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