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.
Mississippi Facing Loss of Control Over Its Child Welfare System
Plaintiffs involved in a class-action lawsuit of Mississippi’s child welfare system are asking for the federal courts to put a receiver in charge after a dismal recent report on progress under the current settlement.
Trump Administration Grants Waiver Permitting Discrimination by Child Welfare Providers
The Trump administration has granted South Carolina an exception to rules barring federal funds to discriminatory providers, a decision that opens the door to more challenges by states that wish to shield religious groups from penalties.
Legendary Child Rights Litigator Staffs Up to Storm the Big City
Marcia Lowry, the crusading child welfare attorney, works out of an office on Hardscrabble Road. She didn’t name this leafy suburban New York lane, but it suits her reputation: The slew of big-ticket settlements she’s secured against large foster care systems made her one of the nation’s most respected, winning and – in some quarters – loathed attorneys for vulnerable youth.
Texas Makes First Potential Move Toward Privatizing Child Welfare
In a pilot program meant to test privatization of child welfare services, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has appointed a nonprofit organization to provide family-based safety services to families at risk of child abuse or neglect in six Texas counties, including El Paso.