“Children are being harmed. And the state knows it and is basically disregarding the harm to children”
August 29, 2013
A class-action lawsuit filed in 2011 on behalf of nine Texas children has been given the go ahead by a federal judge on Thursday. The lawsuit accuses Texas of “poorly supervising foster children,” reported AP.
The New York-based Children’s Rights group is behind the push for justice for more than 12,000 abused and neglected Texas children that were permanently removed from their natural homes. Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry said the child rights group has sued more than 15 states for “mistreatment of foster children” and lost just two of those cases.
“Children are being harmed. And the state knows it and is basically disregarding the harm to children,” she said.
Last month Infowars reported on two-year old Alexandria Hill who was killed while under the care of Texas Child Protective Services (CPS). Alexandria was taken from her home because her parents allegedly smoked pot after their daughter went to sleep. Foster mom Sherri Small is facing capital murder charges for brutally slamming Alexandria’s head, causing her to die from blunt force trauma.
Texas mentor, the agency responsible for placing Alexandria with foster mom Small, is the third largest foster care contractor in the state.
State records show that Texas Mentor’s Arlington office was placed on a six-month evaluation after they were cited for 114 violations in 56 foster homes over a two year span, reported the Dallas News.
State funding for CPS has been increased twice over the past eight years, but the agency continues to fail majorly, endangering thousands of children.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi said Children’s Rights has provided substantial “preliminary evidence” proving CPS caseworkers to be “overworked.” The judge also noted a “high turnover among CPS conservatorship workers,” whom are responsible for protecting the young foster children.
“A caseworker that is so overburdened that she cannot visit the children she is responsible for…cannot fulfill this function,” wrote Judge Jack.
The ruling is based on a three-day hearing in January and is expected to proceed hopefully exposing the corruption and failures inside the CPS system.