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Press Releases

July 3, 2008

Michigan Settles Reform Lawsuit, Agrees to Overhaul of Failing Child Welfare System

DETROIT, MI — A settlement agreement mandating top-to-bottom reform and federal court oversight of Michigan’s long-failing child welfare system has been reached in the federal class action brought against the state by the national advocacy group Children’s Rights and a team of attorneys from Michigan and across the country. The settlement, to be submitted for […]

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May 14, 2008

Atlanta Child Welfare Reform Efforts Slipping in Critical Areas

ATLANTA, GA — Rates of abuse and neglect among children in the custody of Atlanta’s child welfare system continue to rise and critical service needs for children and their families are not being met, according to a new report issued today by the court-appointed independent monitors in the federal class action reform lawsuit brought against […]

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May 5, 2008

Advocates Seek Partial Federal Takeover of Connecticut Child Welfare System

Citing the ongoing failure of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families to meet performance standards mandated by the settlement of a federal class action reform lawsuit brought against the state on behalf of approximately 6,000 children in state custody and thousands more at risk of entering state custody, the national advocacy group Children’s Rights and […]

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April 16, 2008

New Jersey Continues Making Progress toward Child Welfare Reform

NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey’s child welfare agency remains on pace in implementing the first phase of a massive reform effort mandated by the landmark settlement of a federal class action brought by Children’s Rights on behalf of children in the state’s custody, according to report released today by the court-appointed independent monitor in the […]

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March 18, 2008

Children in Connecticut Foster Care, Needing Families, Stuck in Emergency Facilities Instead

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Due in large part to the ongoing failure of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) to maintain an adequate pool of available foster families, the agency holds a substantial number of foster children for overly long periods of time in emergency and temporary facilities rather than family placements, according to a […]

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February 13, 2008

Advocates File Federal Class Action Lawsuit Seeking Reform of Oklahoma Child Welfare System

TULSA, OK — Outlining a decade-long slide into disrepair and across-the-board failure to protect children in state custody from often extreme abuse and neglect, the national child advocacy group Children’s Rights has joined four Oklahoma law firms and the international firm Kaye Scholer in filing a federal class action today seeking top-to-bottom reform of Oklahoma’s […]

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February 11, 2008

Report Blames Michigan Child Welfare System for Abuse, Death of Children in Foster Care

DETROIT, MI — Likening the management of Michigan’s Department of Human Services to “blindfolded school bus drivers,” unable to see and respond to impending dangers to the children in its custody, a scathing new report by an expert in Children’s Rights’ child welfare reform lawsuit against the state of Michigan lays the blame for several […]

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February 5, 2008

Widespread Failures Plague Michigan Child Welfare System, New Independent Report Shows

DETROIT, MI — A court-ordered analysis of the cases of 460 abused and neglected children in the custody of Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS), released today, confirms allegations made by Children’s Rights in a federal class action accusing DHS of systemwide failure to provide children with stable foster care placements, vital services, and adequate […]

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January 14, 2008

Fulton County Showing “Slow but Steady Progress” in Improving Legal Representation for Foster Children

ATLANTA, GA — An independent monitoring report released today shows that Fulton County is making “slow but steady” progress toward lowering the caseloads of attorneys representing foster children in the Juvenile Courts, and some improvements in the quality of representation on behalf of children in court hearings. However, data in the report shows that caseloads […]

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December 20, 2007

Report: DeKalb County Improving Legal Representation of Foster Children in Juvenile Courts

ATLANTA, GA — An independent monitoring report released today shows that DeKalb County has made significant progress in lowering caseloads for lawyers representing foster children in the Juvenile Courts, and in improving the quality of legal representation children receive. The reforms were undertaken to comply with the 2006 settlement of part of the federal class […]

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