Impact Litigation

July 27, 2021

Foster Kinship Files Amicus Brief in the K.H. Case

Foster Kinship contends that CFSA discriminates when it diverts children and refuses to license their kin caregivers as foster parents, which results in various harms, including being denied access to the benefits, support, and protections given to foster parents.

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July 12, 2021

The Alliance for Children’s Rights Files Amicus Brief In K.H. Case

The Alliance for Children’s Rights files a Brief for Amicus Curiae contending DC’s diversion practice fails to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of abused and neglected children.

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June 7, 2021

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project Files Amicus Brief In K.H. Case

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project files Amicus Curiae Brief contending DC’s diversion practices are illegal.

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April 22, 2021

Judge Hogan Orders All Six Federal Cases Consolidated

Judge Hogan orders six federal cases consolidated. The March 2021 cases are stayed pending rulings on the Motions to Dismiss in the KS and SK cases. Oral argument on the MTD is scheduled for July 28, 2021 at 11:00 am.  Members of the public may listen on: 1-877-402-9753, Code: 6258087#.

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March 22, 2021

DC KinCare Alliance Files Four Additional Federal Lawsuits Challenging DC Child and Family Services Agency’s Discriminatory Practices Against Relative Caregivers

DC KinCare Alliance and the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP file four additional federal lawsuits on behalf of nine plaintiffs.  In total, DC KinCare Alliance and Ropes & Gray have filed six lawsuits on behalf of 20 plaintiffs challenging CFSA’s illegal practice of hidden foster care, also known as kinship diversion.

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July 14, 2020

DC Files Response to Opposition to Motion to Dismiss in SK Case

DC responds to Plaintiffs’ opposition to the District of Columbia’s (the District) motion to dismiss in S.K. v. District of Columbia, Civil Action No. 20-753 (TFH).

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June 23, 2020

DC KinCare and Ropes & Gray File Opposition to DC Motion to Dismiss in SK Case

Plaintiffs C.G.1, C.G.2, C.G.3, N.G. and S.K. respectfully submit this memorandum of points and authorities in opposition to the District of Columbia (“DC”) and the DC Child and Family Services Agency’s (“CFSA”), (collectively, the “Defendants”) Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Complaint. For the reasons stated herein, Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss should be denied.

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May 12, 2020

DC Files Motion to Dismiss the Case SK et al v. DC

Defendants the District of Columbia and Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) (collectively, the District) move to dismiss plaintiffs’ Complaint with prejudice under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6).

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April 17, 2020

DC Files Response to Opposition to Motion to Dismiss in KH Case

DC responds to Plaintiffs’ opposition to the District of Columbia’s (the District) motion to dismiss in K.H. v. District of Columbia, Civil Action No. 19-3124 (TFH).

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March 26, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Files Second Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC Child and Family Services Agency’s Discriminatory Practices Against Relative Caregivers (March 2020)

DC KinCare Alliance and the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP file second federal lawsuit on behalf of five plaintiffs challenging the DC Child and Family Services Agency’s ongoing, illegal practice of “Kinship Diversion.”

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March 20, 2020

DC KinCare and Ropes & Gray File Opposition to DC Motion to Dismiss KH Case

Plaintiffs K.H., K.J., M.M., L.E., L.C., and T.C. respectfully submit this memorandum of points and authorities in opposition to the District of Columbia (“DC”) and the DC Child and Family Services Agency’s (“CFSA”), (collectively, the “Defendants”) Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint. For the reasons stated herein, Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss should be denied.

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February 21, 2020

DC Files Motion to Dismiss the Case of KH et al v. DC

Defendants the District of Columbia and Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) (collectively, the District) move to dismiss plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint with prejudice under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6).

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October 18, 2019

DC KinCare Alliance Files First Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC Child and Family Services Agency Discriminatory Practices Against Relative Caregivers

DC KinCare Alliance and the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP file a federal lawsuit against the District of Columbia and the DC Child and Family Services Agency for violating the rights of six plaintiffs under DC and federal laws.

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