Press Releases

February 2, 2016

New Agreement Recognizes Successes in Reforming Michigan Foster Care, Focuses on Areas Needing Improvement

‘Reform Is Possible When the State Makes it a Priority,’ Says Children’s Rights (Detroit, MI) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and national advocacy organization Children’s Rights have reached a modified settlement agreement that acknowledges progress in reforming Michigan foster care and focuses attention on improving critical areas to assure child […]

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January 19, 2016

Report: Staffing and Service Shortages Jeopardize Connecticut Child Welfare Reform

(Hartford, CT) – A lack of funding has led to “overwhelming” workloads and “insufficient community resources to address the needs of children and families” involved in Connecticut’s child welfare system, according to a report filed today by an independent federal court monitor.

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January 11, 2016

U.S. District Judge Denies Texas’ Attempt to Stall Foster Care Reforms

(Houston, TX) – Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack denied Texas’ motion to stay her December ruling that declared the state must make targeted changes to its foster care system. In response, Paul Yetter, lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in M.D. v. Perry, issued the following statement: “The district court was right […]

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Plaintiffs Respond to Texas’ Attempt to Stall Foster Care Reforms: ‘It is time to … fix what has long been broken’

(Houston, TX) – Texas filed a notice of appeal as well as a motion to stay in response to Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack’s ruling that declared the state must make targeted changes to its foster care system. In turn, Paul Yetter, lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in M.D. v. Perry, issued […]

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December 18, 2015

Federal Judge Asserts Texas Foster Care is ‘Broken,’ Must Be Fixed

(Corpus Christi, TX) – In an exhaustive and much-anticipated 255-page decision, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack ruled in favor of plaintiff children in a federal class action lawsuit, declaring Texas must make extensive changes to its foster care system to improve thousands of young lives.

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November 12, 2015

Child Welfare Systems and Family Courts Must Embrace, Fully Involve LGBTQ Foster Parents, Asserts Children’s Rights

In response to the ruling of a Utah juvenile court judge, who mandated that a baby girl be moved from lesbian foster parents to a heterosexual home, Christina Remlin, senior staff attorney at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, released the following statement.

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October 21, 2015

Children’s Rights Raises Over $1 Million at Tenth Annual Benefit

Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean Presented Children’s Rights Board Chair, Alan C. Myers, with Champion Award New York, NY – On Tuesday, October 20th, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Children’s Rights (CR) raised over $1 million at its Tenth Annual Benefit. All proceeds from the evening directly support Children’s Rights’ efforts to use the law […]

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October 5, 2015

Tennessee Child Welfare System Reaches Milestone, Complies with 90 Percent of Reform Goals

(Nashville, TN) – Tennessee is closer than ever to making all of the required improvements to its Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and ending federal court oversight, according to an exit plan that was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Todd J. Campbell in a hearing today.

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September 30, 2015

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiff Children in Foster Care Suit; Denies State Agencies’ Request to Dismiss

A federal court yesterday ruled that a class action targeting Arizona’s struggling child welfare system should be allowed to proceed.

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September 25, 2015

Report: Children in Milwaukee Foster Care are Safer, but Persistent Issues Remain

Today state reviewers issued a report tracking the progress of The Wisconsin Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) in the first half of 2015. In response to the report and in anticipation of expected leadership changes, Eric Thompson, of counsel to Children’s Rights, issued a statement.

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