Resource: G.L. v. Sherman

By: National Center for Youth Law

National Center for Youth Law

In this class action, plaintiffs sought to establish the federal constitutional and statutory rights of foster children to be protected from harm and to receive appropriate treatment while in state custody. The lawsuit was filed against officials of the Missouri Division of Family Services (DFS) on behalf of all children in Jackson County placed in foster homes by DFS pursuant to juvenile court order. Plaintiffs alleged that children were exposed to contagious diseases, deprived of medical and psychiatric care, subjected to physical and emotional abuse, and transferred between foster homes inappropriately and without adequate preparation.