Resource: Connor v. Patrick

By: National Center for Youth Law

November 18, 2016

National Center for Youth Law

This class action lawsuit was filed against the Massachusetts Governor, the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in April 2010. The complaint alleges that Defendants are violating the constitutional rights of foster children by placing them in dangerous and unstable placements after removing them from their families’ care. According to plaintiffs’ complaint, Massachusetts’s foster youth suffer abuse in state-supervised placements at almost four times the national average, and a third of Massachusetts’s foster youth get shuffled between at least five different placements during their time in the foster care system. The complaint also alleges that the state has failed for the last decade to adequately prepare and support families for reunification.