On any given day, the state of Washington is denying hundreds of vulnerable foster children the most fundamental and basic of rights owed when a child is placed in government custody: a place to live and the support and services needed to return home.

After experiencing the trauma of being separated from their families, far too many foster children are being forced to endure the daily government-induced trauma of placement instability so extreme they don’t even know where they will sleep from one night to the next. 

In January 2021, Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit on behalf of three named plaintiffs, hundreds of similarly situated foster children, and Disability Rights Washington, the state Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is shuttling children with behavioral health and developmental disabilities from hotels to state offices to other one-night stays, “essentially rendering them homeless for extended periods of time.” Other youth end up in institutions, some of them hundreds of miles from their families in non-therapeutic facilities that further traumatize them.

Read complaint filed in January 2021 here.

Read full press release here.

Click here for a One Pager on this case that can be shared with youth.