Press Releases

February 21, 2019

Tennessee Case Study: Report Shares Lessons Learned from Child Welfare System Overhaul

Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org (Nashville, TN) – Tracing the dramatic overhaul of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services over the past two decades, a new report details the trajectory of challenges and eventual success in DCS’s efforts to comprehensively transform the state’s child welfare system as part of the Brian A. v. Haslam reform campaign brought […]

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January 23, 2019

Children’s Rights Condemns HHS Decision to Grant South Carolina Authority to Discriminate in Foster Care System

Contact: Daniel Kessel, dkessel@childrensrights.org NEW YORK — In response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families decision to grant a waiver to allow South Carolina foster care providers to discriminate against foster youth and prospective foster and adoptive parents while maintaining their licenses and continuing to receive federal funds, Children’s […]

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December 19, 2018

New Report Shows Tennessee Sustaining Major Reforms in Child Welfare System, Identifies Opportunity for Greater Investment to Reduce Racial Disparities

Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org (Nashville, TN ) – A new report by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago found that Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) continues to sustain progress made during the 17-year effort to reform its child welfare system, and identifies opportunities to address racial disparities in outcomes for children […]

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December 14, 2018

Report: Call to Action to Protect Sex Trafficking Victims in Milwaukee Foster Care

Today the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission and other organizations released a report Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and Sex Trafficking, a follow-up to a report in March 2018. Children’s Rights welcomes this spotlight on the vulnerability of children in out-of-home care to sex trafficking in Milwaukee. Eric Thompson, an attorney for Children’s Rights, issued this statement: “These […]

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December 13, 2018

Unsafe and Uneducated: New Report Reveals Dangers for Youth in Pennsylvania Foster Care

Lack of oversight of residential facilities poses serious risks to vulnerable children, including dangerous conditions and lack of educational opportunities Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org (HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA) – A new report released today by Children’s Rights and the Education Law Center-PA raises serious concerns about the safety of Pennsylvania’s residential placements for youth in foster care and […]

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November 16, 2018

Extreme Housing Instability and Lack of Mental Health Services Endanger Children in Kansas Foster Care, New Suit Charges

Kids Moved So Often They Are Effectively Homeless While Deprived of Necessary Mental Health Treatment, “As Kansans We Should Be Ashamed and Outraged” Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org (KANSAS CITY, KANSAS) – Children in Kansas foster care face extreme housing instability—sometimes moved more than 50 or 100 times—and are deprived of critical mental health assessments and […]

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November 1, 2018

Children’s Rights to Host Inaugural Inspiration Awards Luncheon in Atlanta

Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org Event Page: www.childrensrights.org/atlanta ATLANTA – Children’s Rights, a national nonprofit advocating for vulnerable children, will host its inaugural Atlanta Benefit & Inspiration Awards Luncheon at the Cherokee Town Club on Friday, November 16, 2018. Hosted by Jeff Dauler of Atlanta Star Radio 94.1, the following people will be honored for […]

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October 25, 2018

Advocates Urge Department of Health and Human Services to Reject Waiver That Would Permit Discrimination by South Carolina Foster Care Providers

Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3333, dkessel@childrensrights.org New York, NY – Today Children’s Rights and a coalition of 20 leading nonprofit children’s organizations and advocates urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reject a waiver requested by the State of South Carolina that would allow federally-funded foster care providers to deny applications of prospective Jewish […]

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October 18, 2018

Appeals Court Upholds Key Fixes to Texas Foster Care System

(AUSTIN, TX) – In a victory for children in Texas foster care, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals partially upheld a ruling yesterday calling for the state of Texas to address long-standing problems in Texas’ foster care system. The Fifth Circuit ruled that the state of Texas must make significant reforms to its foster care […]

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October 1, 2018

Unmanageable Caseloads in South Carolina Foster Care Put Children at Risk, Report Shows

Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org State lags behind needed reforms, with inadequate staffing and statewide lack of resources putting children in danger (Charleston, S.C.) — South Carolina’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is not meeting court-ordered requirements to improve care for the more than 4,500 children in the state’s child welfare system, a new report […]

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