National Center for Youth Law

Foster Care Docket

The Foster Care Docket tracks foster care reform litigation throughout the country. In the tool bar to your right, cases may be searched by state, keyword, and procedural and substantive issues.

Youakim v. McDonald

Plaintiffs (foster parents and children who would lose benefits because their homes were not state licensed) challenged the new licensing

Willingham v. McDonald

Plaintiffs challenged the practices of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) regarding its use of disability benefits collected

Wilder v. Bernstein - also known as Wilder v. Sugerman

This class action was filed on behalf of black, Protestant children in need of foster care in New York City.

Wheeler v. Sanders

Plaintiffs’ complaint alleged that Los Angeles officials failed to investigate family members before sending children to live with them, thereby

Washington State Coalition for the Homeless v. Dept. of Social & Health Services

The complaint, filed by homeless families with children and the Washington State Coalition for the Homeless, asserted constitutional claims and

Warren v. Saenz

Plaintiff alleged that the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) violated the Community Care Licensing Act, Health and Safety Code

Ward v. Neal - also known as Ward v. Keller

The complaint alleged deficiencies in child welfare services, including: pre-placement services; reasonable efforts to prevent placement; least restrictive placement; lack

W.R. v. Connecticut Department Of Children and Families   

Plaintiffs filed this suit on behalf of children with mental and emotional disabilities in custody of the Connecticut Department of

Two Forgotten Children v. State of Florida

This civil action for damages was brought by two foster children (sisters) against the State for their excessive length of

Timmy S. v. Stumbo

This case was filed on behalf of a seven-year-old child with multiple disabilities and his biological mother and foster parents,

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