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.

Bates v. McDonald - also known as Bates v. Suter and Bates v. Johnson

Plaintiffs challenged the practice of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) of routinely limiting visits between foster

Baby Neal v. Casey - also known as Baby Neal v. Ridge

In April 1990, plaintiffs filed this suit in federal district court against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s Department of Human

B.K. V. McKay - Also known as Tinsley v. McKay

Plaintiffs (a class of foster youth in Arizona) filed suit against the Arizona Department of Child Safety, the Arizona Department

B.H. v. Samuels - also known as B.H. v. McDonald, B.H. v. Suter, B.H. v. Johnson and B.H. v. Ryder

This civil rights class action suit was brought on behalf of all children who are or will be in the

Artist M. v. Suter - also known as Artist M. v. Johnson


Plaintiffs brought this class action on behalf of children who are or will be placed in the custody or

Arneth v. Gross

Plaintiffs, consisting of a group of foster youth and the Medical Coordinator for the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin (

Aristotle P. v. Samuels - also known as Aristotle P. v. McDonald, Aristotle P. v. Johnson, Aristotle P. v. McEwen

Plaintiffs brought this class action on behalf of children who (1) are or will be in the temporary custody or

Apostol v. Aunt Martha’s Youth Services Center

The public guardian filed this negligence case against a social service agency that placed two children in the foster home

Angela R. v. Huckabee - (also known as Angela R. v. Clinton)

The complaint addressed nearly all aspects of Arkansas’s child welfare services and foster care system, including: abuse and neglect investigations

Anderson v. Houstoun

Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of abused and neglected children in the care of relatives or close

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