"Judge: Foster care system violates children's rights"
- Category: Significant court case judgements
- Created: Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:29
- Written by Texas Tribune - Edgar Walters and Emily Ramshaw
Texas has violated the constitutional rights of foster children by exposing them to an unreasonable risk of harm in a system where children "often age out of care more damaged than when they entered," a federal judge ruled Thursday.
"Years of abuse, neglect and shuttling between inappropriate placements across the state has created a population that cannot contribute to society, and proves a continued strain on the government through welfare, incarceration or otherwise," U.S. District Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi wrote in a decision as strongly worded as it was hotly anticipated. PDF (1.7 MB) download