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Child Welfare: Class Action Reform

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - LaShawn A. v. Bowser

CSSP was appointed by the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia as the Monitor of LaShawn A. v. Gray. CSSP independently assesses the District of Columbia’s compliance with the performance outcomes and Exit Standards of the Modified Final Order and its most recent update, the LaShawn Implementation and Exit Plan (IEP). CSSP issues periodic reports to the Court, the parties and the public. The most recent report and all previous reports can be found below.

NEW JERSEY – Charlie and Nadine H. v. Christie

In July 2006 CSSP was appointed by the Honorable Stanley R. Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey as Monitor of Charlie and Nadine H. v. Christie. CSSP independently assesses New Jersey’s compliance with the goals, principles and outcomes of the Modified Settlement Agreement of the class action litigation aimed at improving the state’s child welfare system. The agreement structures the state’s commitments into two phases of work. Phase I, which ended in December 2008, was primarily directed to building a strong infrastructure within the Department of Children and Families to ensure children are healthy and safe, achieve permanency and stability and that resources and service delivery systems meet children’s health, mental health, educational and developmental needs.  Phase II assesses benchmarks related to the provision of services to children and families and the results (outcomes) of the state’s interventions in the lives of New Jersey’s children and families.  Beginning in February 2007, every six months, CSSP releases a monitoring report describing progress New Jersey has made towards compliance with the settlement agreement. Those reports can be found below.

SOUTH CAROLINA – Michelle H., et al. v. McMaster and Alford

In October 2016, the Honorable Richard M. Gergel of the United States District Court for South Carolina appointed Judith Meltzer of the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Paul Vincent of the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group as Co-Monitors for Michelle H., et al. v. McMaster and Alford, a federal class action litigation aimed at improving the state’s child welfare system. The Co-Monitors and their staff independently assess South Carolina’s compliance with the performance outcomes and final targets of the Final Settlement Agreement. Progress reports are released to the Court, the parties and the public every six months. The most recent report can be found below.

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