Continuing failure to protect foster children leads to class action law suit against AZ

2/17/2015  Ten children between the ages of 3-10 are plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against both the Arizona Department of Child Safety and the Arizona Department of Health Services. The children are represented by Children’s Rights, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and a Phoenix law firm, CopperSmith Brockelman PLC.

The plaintiffs claims share common threads of neglect in receiving health and mental services, separation of families, and failure to render recommended services while under the care of the state. The repercussions of such treatment exasperate exponentially the trauma of abuse and or  neglect experienced initially which caused their first removal from their families. Though under pseudo-names, these children represent nearly 17,000 children currently under the foster care system which the suit claims have suffered violations of their civil rights while under the state’s care.

According to the suit, “plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief to end certain child welfare policies and practices described herein exposing them to yet further physical and emotional harm and unreasonable risk of harm while in the State’s care.”

For more information read

Tinsley vs Flanagan

Arizona sued over poor foster-care conditions

Lawsuit claims Arizona fails to care for foster children



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