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Proposed Settlement of Foster Care Class Action Suit Against Baltimore City

For Immediate release:
June 23, 2009
 
Proposed Settlement of Foster Care Class Action Suit Against Baltimore City
Following an eight month mediation process, both plaintiffs and defendants in the long-standing child welfare L.J. v. Massinga class-action lawsuit jointly filed documents in federal court late yesterday to replace a consent decree with a new compliance and exit plan. Baltimore City Department of Social Service (BCDSS) has operated under an existing consent decree since 1988.
 
The new decree – subject to approval by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland – will ultimately result in BCDSS providing better, more comprehensive care for the more than 5,000 foster children in Baltimore City. The new plan requires BCDSS to report on 126 child welfare elements and adequately meet 40 exit standards in five main areas: preservation and permanency planning; out of home placements; healthcare; education; and workforce.
 
Mitchell Y. Mirviss of Venable and Rhonda Lipkin, the Child Welfare Advocacy Fellow at the Public Justice Center represented the children in this case.
 
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