2:54 PM Fri, May 06, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal District Court judge heard arguments Friday over whether to dismiss a 2007 lawsuit that accuses the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families of widespread abuse and neglect of children in state foster care.
The suit, filed by the state's former Child Advocate, Jametta O. Alston, and the New York-based advocacy group Children's Rights, alleges that lack of funding and mismanagement of the state's child-welfare system has allowed some children in foster care to be molested, beaten and shuffled from home to home.
A lawyer for the state attorney general's office asked Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi to dismiss the case, saying that the judge is being asked to rule on matters involving children's placements that belong before the Family Court. Brenda D. Baum, an assistant attorney general, also questioned whether the U.S. District Court has the authority to order the state to provide additional funding for children in its care if the plaintiff's succeed in pressing their claims that Rhode Island's case workers are overloaded and its foster parents underpaid. FULL STORY
What a steaming pile of horse tookey. See my old Editorial- "What Happens in the FOG"- http://exm.nr/dkuQsB