A Better Childhood
Texas Slow to Move Foster Children out of Hotels and Offices, Attorneys Say
Despite an ongoing crisis that has left hundreds of foster children living in hotel rooms and other unlicensed settings, Texas child welfare officials are not moving with enough urgency to find them safe homes, attorneys for the children say.
Federal Court Rejects Sweeping Class-Action Lawsuit Against New York City Foster Care System
A federal judge has denied the latest attempt by a pioneering legal advocate for foster children to proceed with a class-action lawsuit against New York City.
Washington, D.C., Finally Exits Decades-Long Court Battle Over Foster Care
On June 1, a federal judge issued final approval for a settlement in a decades-old case to improve the experience of foster children in the nation's capital.
Texas Failing To Keep Youth in Foster Care Safe
In December 2015, a federal judge ruled that Texas was violating the rights of children in long-term care of the state by subjecting them to abuse, overmedication and repeated placement moves.
Virtual Visits Are An Abandonment of Foster Children
Across the country, state and county child welfare systems are trying to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, balancing concerns for the safety of the almost 700,000 children who go through the foster care system with the health of the child welfare workers who make visits to make sure they’re alright.
Top Stories of 2019: Child Welfare Litigation Liftoff
We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2019. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from this past year.
Texas Held in Contempt on Child Welfare Reforms by Federal Judge
A U.S. District Court judge has found the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in contempt of an order for certain system reforms, and starting Friday will begin to fine the agency every day until the issue is resolved.
West Virginia Child Welfare System Hit with Class-Action Lawsuit (UPDATED)
West Virginia, the third poorest state in the nation with the highest rate of foster care removals in the country, is handing children off to unsupported and unverified relatives and dooming hundreds to age out of foster care from institutions and group homes.
Marcia Lowry, With New Secret Funding Source, Resumes Lawsuit Against New York City Foster Care
A nonprofit law firm representing a group of New York City foster youth has resumed long-running litigation against the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and the state agency that oversees it.