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.

M.E. v. Bush - also known as M.E. v. Chiles and M.E. v. Williams

Plaintiffs alleged that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) failed to provide necessary therapeutic services for dependent and delinquent

M.D. v. Perry - also known as M.D. v. Abbott

Thirteen foster youth in the custody of Texas’s Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC), brought suit against defendants Rick Perry, then governor

Lofton v. Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services - also known as Lofton v. Kearney and Lofton v. Butterworth

Plaintiffs sued the Attorney General and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enjoin them from enforcing a Florida

Letisha v. Morgan

After the James Bank Group Home closed pursuant to the state court class action in Letisha A. v. Morgan, eleven

Leonard v. Wagner

Plaintiffs alleged that California’s “completion rule,” which allows foster youth to stay in placement and continue to receive funding after

Laurie Q. v. Contra Costa County

A class of special-needs foster children, committed to the care and custody of Contra Costa County, alleged that the county

LaShawn A. v. Fenty - also known as LaShawn A v. Williams, LaShawn A. v. Barry, LaShawn v. Dixon, and LaShawn v. Kelly

This civil rights class action was brought on behalf of children placed in foster care under the supervision of the

L.J. v. Massinga

Plaintiffs filed this civil rights action against Maryland’s Department of Human Services (DHS) on behalf of approximately 2,500 Baltimore foster

Kenny A. v. Purdue

This lawsuit against Georgia’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Fulton and DeKalb Counties sought to end statutory

Katie A. v. Bonta  

This class action lawsuit was filed against Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and California’s Department

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