On June 24, 2022, the Judge Barbara Rothstein of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement for children and youth in foster care.  You can read the notice about this Settlement Agreement, and the Plaintiffs’ Unopposed Motion for Order Approving Attorneys’ Fees and Costs Following Mediation and share your feedback with the Court by emailing Disability Rights Washington at DSSettlement@dr-wa.org or calling 1-800-562-2702 (ask to be directed to Susan Kas). In this lawsuit, Disability Rights Washington and three young people in foster care alleged that the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) has been failing to properly serve children with behavioral health and developmental disabilities “essentially rendering them homeless for extended periods of time” or forcing youth to end up in institutions and facilities that further separate them from their families and communities of origin. If the Settlement Agreement is approved, DCYF will be required to establish and expand supported housing for older adolescents and young adults, therapeutic foster care, and Hub homes to support foster and kinship families.  DCYF will also be gathering feedback from young people and families with lived experience and other stakeholders about how to improve their practices.

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