Reform Based on Litigation: State and local examples
Progress Report on LaShawn A. v. Williams (Feb. 13, 2006) (PDF - 148 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2006)
Documents progress in meeting implementation and outcome benchmarks set forth in the court-ordered LaShawn A. v. Williams Implementation Plan, provides information on several priority issues including Child Protective Service and backlog of investigations; progress toward permanency, adoptions, and postpermanency; provider payments; staffing and caseloads; and mental health services.
At the Crossroads: Better Infrastructure, Too Few Results: A Decade of Child Welfare Reform in New York City (PDF - 3280 KB)
Children's Rights (2007)
Assesses the performance of New York City's child welfare system in child protective services, preventive services, foster care, family court, and child fatalities. The report includes relevant data on child welfare practice and child and family outcomes, as well as a summary of recent reform efforts.
Emily Q's Story: Using Medicaid Litigation to Expand Positive Behavior Interventions for Children in the Mental Health System (PDF - 139 KB)
Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, 5, 2005
Explores barriers to compliance and lessons learned from a California lawsuit to improve the implementation and use of services for the mental health needs of children.
An Evaluation: Milwaukee County Child Welfare: Program Issues: Department of Health and Family Services (PDF - 476 KB)
Legislative Audit Bureau (2006)
Describes the Wisconsin child welfare system's success in achieving mandatory and monitoring standards following a class-action lawsuit, addressing program management and performance as well as the coordination of program services.
Implementation of Alabama's R.C. Consent Decree: Creating a New Culture of Practice (PDF - 172 KB)
Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group (2008)
Presents the experiences of Alabama's child welfare system as it implemented reform efforts to improve policy, workload, information systems, provider performance, staff training, resource development, frontline practice, and child and family outcomes.
The Oklahoma Pinnacle Plan: An Improvement Plan for Child Welfare Services (PDF - 4485 KB)
Oklahoma Department of Human Services (2012)
Details a 5-year plan to address 15 performance areas to improve service delivery across the State's child welfare system.
Path to Excellence Implementation Plan (PDF - 248 KB)
Tennessee Department of Children's Services (2004)
Presents a structure to bring the department into compliance with the Brian A. Settlement Agreement by describing strategies and action plans to improve child welfare outcomes in leadership and management; workforce; child and family team meetings; child protective services; placement process; foster, kinship, and adoptive home development and support; resource development; and quality assurance and continuous quality improvement.
Progress of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families: Monitoring Report for Charlie and Nadine H. v. Corzine, Jan. 1–June 30, 2008 (PDF - 508 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2008)
Assesses New Jersey's compliance with the goals, principles, and outcomes of the modified settlement agreement of a class action litigation aimed at improving the State's child welfare system. The report reflects the State's continued work on structural elements and focuses on the department's efforts to implement a new case practice model.