Press Releases

April 11, 2011

New Report: Tennessee Maintains Vital Improvements for Kids in Foster Care, but Significant Challenges Remain

NASHVILLE – While Tennessee has successfully maintained improvements in a number of key areas for thousands of abused and neglected children statewide — including continued reductions in the number of children in foster care forced to live in institutions — the state must now focus on improving the quality of its work on each child’s […]

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March 29, 2011

National Advocates and Texas Attorneys File Federal Class Action Seeking Reform of Texas Child Welfare System

Citing longstanding and pervasive issues that have caused thousands of children in Texas foster care to spend their childhoods in poorly supervised institutions and repeatedly move from one far-flung place to another, today the national advocacy group Children’s Rights has joined the prominent Texas law firms Haynes and Boone LLP, Yetter Coleman, and Canales & […]

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March 22, 2011

Report: Challenges Loom Large for Connecticut’s New Child Welfare Leadership

Major Improvements Still Needed to Better Serve Abused and Neglected Children   HARTFORD – While Connecticut’s child welfare system has successfully maintained a number of improvements accomplished years ago, the most recent quarterly progress report in the long-running, court-ordered reform effort spurred by national advocacy group Children’s Rights shows the state’s outgoing leadership made virtually […]

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March 21, 2011

Two Expert Reviews Find OK Child Welfare Plagued by Mismanagement, Dysfunctional Computer System

TULSA, OK — Following the release of two damning expert reports exposing serious risks of harm to children in Oklahoma’s foster care system, two additional expert reviews released today by national advocacy group Children’s Rights reveal many of those dangers can be linked to a disturbing lack of oversight among all levels of the state’s […]

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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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