Child Welfare

Struggling Under Child Welfare Lawsuit Settlement, South Carolina Hires a Leader Who Just Helped End One

South Carolina’s child welfare system is struggling to meet its goals under a class-action lawsuit settlement brought by Children’s Rights, a nonprofit litigator based in New York City. Tennessee recently exited such a settlement with […]

Adoption

Your Crisis Can Wait Until Noon

The teenage boy stared at the judge, with a face struggling to hide its emotion but clearly displaying sadness. For weeks, he had been staying at a residential foster care facility and had been getting […]

Finance Reform

Georgia Eyes 2020 for Family First Act

In a key budget hearing Monday, Georgia’s child welfare agency described its plans to increase foster care payments and first steps toward implementing a recently passed federal law that will impact child welfare systems across […]

Child Welfare

Nationally Acclaimed, Locally Controversial: Joette Katz Reflects on an Unusually Long Tenure Running Connecticut’s Foster Care System

Joette Katz has left the building. The former Connecticut state Supreme Court Justice, who served as commissioner of state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) for both of former Gov. Daniel Malloy’s (D) terms, put […]