Press Releases

April 27, 2009

Better Results for Children as New Jersey Completes First Phase of Child Welfare Reforms

NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey has successfully completed the first phase of a massive child welfare reform effort mandated by the settlement of a federal class action brought by Children’s Rights, according to a report released today by the independent monitor in the case — and the state’s abused and neglected children and at-risk families are […]

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March 30, 2009

Groundbreaking Reform Effort Dramatically Improves System of Legal Representation for Atlanta Foster Children

ATLANTA, GA — Under a court order secured by Children’s Rights in a landmark child welfare reform class action, Fulton County (metro Atlanta) has significantly increased the number of Child Advocate Attorneys assigned to represent abused and neglected children in juvenile court proceedings — and dramatically reduced the unacceptably high caseloads that previously prevented attorneys […]

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March 26, 2009

Connecticut Successfully Implementing First Steps of Plan to Fix Child Welfare Problems

HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families has cleared a longstanding backlog of over 1,000 children in foster care awaiting required health check-ups and dramatically improved its efforts to assess and plan for the services and treatment needed by abused and neglected children, according to a new report trackingDCF’s progress in implementing sweeping […]

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March 24, 2009

Report: Despite Some Progress, Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare Still Lags in Reform Effort

MILWAUKEE, WI — Although the Bureau of Milwaukeee Child Welfare (BMCW) continues to make some progress in implementing broad reforms required under a court order secured by Children’s Rights, a new report evaluating BMCW’s progress shows that the agency is still plagued by serious problems that must be addressed in order to ensure the safety and […]

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February 4, 2009

DC Mayor Seeks to Undermine Child Welfare Reforms, Advocates Charge

WASHINGTON, DC — The administration of District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty is attempting to undermine the authority of the independent monitor appointed by a federal court to oversee a long-running effort to reform the District’s dysfunctional child welfare system, according to a new brief filed last night by Children’s Rights. Children’s Rights, which secured […]

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January 30, 2009

Citing DC Mayor’s Failure to Commit to Child Welfare Reforms, Children’s Rights Files for Contempt

WASHINGTON, DC — Charging the administration of District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty with impeding the implementation of court-ordered reforms to the District’s dysfunctional child welfare system — and placing the administration’s desire to exit court oversight ahead of the safety and well-being of DC’s abused and neglected children — Children’s Rights renewed a motion […]

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January 28, 2009

Wisconsin Agrees to Plan to Fix Persistent Problems in Milwaukee Child Welfare System

MILWAUKEE, WI — Wisconsin officials have agreed to an aggressive new plan aimed at fixing persistent problems in the state-run system responsible for providing care and protection to abused and neglected children in Milwaukee. The new Corrective Action Plan is being implemented to meet key requirements of a longstanding court order secured by Children’s Rights, […]

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December 17, 2008

Notice issued on fee settlement in Michigan

Following the entry of the October 24, 2008, consent decree in Dwayne B. v. Granholm, counsel for the plaintiffs and the Michigan Department of Human Services have resolved the amount of fees and expenses to be paid by the state of Michigan to plaintiffs’ counsel pursuant to 42 USC Section 1988. The parties have moved […]

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December 16, 2008

Connecticut Court Order Produces Initial Results, but New Report Highlights Ongoing Concerns

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Under a new court order secured in July 2008 by Children’s Rights in a longstanding effort to reform Connecticut’s child welfare system, the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) has begun reducing its backlog of foster children waiting for health check-ups, intensively reviewing the cases of several thousand children languishing in […]

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December 15, 2008

New Report Praises Progress in TN Child Welfare Reform Effort, Outlines Challenges Ahead

NASHVILLE, TN — Seven years after the landmark settlement of a federal class action brought by Children’s Rights, seeking the reform of Tennessee’s once-failing child welfare system on behalf of all children in its custody, a new independent progress report released today praises the state for implementing a broad range of important systemwide improvements — […]

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