Press Releases

June 20, 2012

D.C. Makes Headway on Several Longstanding Challenges to Child Welfare Reform

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — While the District of Columbia is making some progress in reforming its long-troubled child welfare system, it is still falling short in a number of critical areas, according to a progress report released today by an independent court monitor.

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June 18, 2012

Atlanta Improves Adoption Rates for Foster Kids, But Still Falls Short in Key Areas, Latest Report Shows

(Atlanta) — The metropolitan Atlanta foster care system continues to make headway in the treatment of children in its care, according to a progress report released today.

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May 17, 2012

Children’s Rights Launches ‘Trapped?’, An Interactive Facebook Experience That Calls Attention to Grim Realities of Foster Care

(New York) — For many American youth, the month of May means prom, final exams and counting down to high school or college graduation. But for a disturbing percentage of the nation’s 400,000-plus children in foster care, milestones like these are not at arm’s reach.

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April 12, 2012

Report: Connecticut Demonstrates Solid Improvements to Child Welfare System

Connecticut’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) is making progress toward eventually meeting all required improvements under a long-standing reform plan, spurred by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights.

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March 30, 2012

Wisconsin Closing in on Milwaukee Child Welfare Reform Requirements

The Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) continues to improve foster care for the children of Milwaukee County, according to a Settlement reform progress report released today by State reviewers.

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February 29, 2012

Federal Judge Approves DHS Settlement Agreement at Fairness Hearing, Marking Significant Victory for State’s Foster Children

(Tulsa, OK) — U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell today approved a settlement agreement that will vastly improve care for the nearly 8,000 children in Oklahoma’s child welfare system. The settlement stems from the federal class-action lawsuit filed by Children’s Rights and Frederic Dorwart Lawyers against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).

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January 6, 2012

New Child Welfare Commissioner Delivers Progress, But Significant Problems Remain at Agency

(Hartford) –The Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF) continues to make headway in reforming the state’s long-troubled child welfare system, according to the third-quarter, federal court-appointed report, which was spurred by the national children’s advocacy group Children’s Rights.

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January 5, 2012

Oklahoma Commission for Human Services Approves Settlement That Mandates Accountability for its Child Welfare System

(Tulsa, OK) — The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services today approved the settlement agreement that resolves the federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of nine foster children, accepting modifications made by Oklahoma’s Contingency Review Board last week. After clarifying that the Review Board did not change either the details or the principles of the settlement, the […]

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December 23, 2011

Atlanta Foster Care System Sustaining Many Improvements Under Federal Court Order, But Some Serious Problems Remain, Latest Report Shows

(Atlanta) — While the state’s foster care system in metropolitan Atlanta (Fulton and DeKalb counties) has been able to maintain many improvements–despite a recent increase in children entering the system–the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) still has significant work to do to meet court-ordered improvements for foster kids, according to a progress report covering […]

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December 21, 2011

DHS Commissioners Agree to Terms of Settlement in Class-Action Lawsuit and ‘Are Coming to Grips with Problems in the System,’ Says Children’s Rights

(Tulsa, OK) — The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services voted today in favor of settling the federal class-action lawsuit filed by Children’s Rights and Oklahoma attorneys in 2008. In response, Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry issued the following statement: “This is great news for the more than 8,000 abused and neglected children who are in […]

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