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FOSTER CARE LAWSUIT
(2007-08-08)
(wgvu) - A FEDERAL JUDGE IN DETROIT HAS APPROVED THE
HIRING OF AN EXPERT TO HELP ASSESS MICHIGAN'S SYSTEM FOR MONITORING
THE CARE OF 19,000 FOSTER CHILDREN.
JUDGE NANCY EDMONDS IS HEARING A LAWSUIT BY AN ADVOCACY GROUP
THAT SAYS MICHIGAN ISN'T ADEQUATELY LOOKING OUT FOR THE INTEREST OF
FOSTER CHILDREN.
SHE HAS APPOINTED AN EXPERT TO STUDY A RANDOM SAMPLE OF 460
MICHIGAN FOSTER CARE FILES.
THE NEW YORK-BASED GROUP CHILDREN'S RIGHTS ALSO IS SEEKING
DOCUMENTS ABOUT FOSTER CHILDREN WHO DIED WHILE UNDER STATE CARE.
STATE WELFARE OFFICIALS HAVE WITHHELD INFORMATION AS
CONFIDENTIAL, AND THE JUDGE GAVE THEM UNTIL MONTH'S END TO TURN
OVER SOME DOCUMENTS.

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