Resource: Anderson v. Houston

By: Juvenile Law Center

August 16, 2000

Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center, along with co-counsel ACLU-Pennsylvania, filed this class action lawsuit challenging state and county officials’ failure to pay kinship caregivers for their care of dependent children. Although it is against both federal and state law to treat relatives caring for these children differently from non-related caregivers with respect to their eligibility for foster care benefits, the foster parents named in the suit were not receiving state assistance to care for their foster children. The suit sought declaratory and injunctive relief to ensure that state practices were in line with legal requirements.