RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Virginia has refused to throw out an agreement to improve Baltimore’s foster care system.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court’s decisions in the 27-year-old case Wednesday.

Baltimore foster children filed a class-action lawsuit in 1984 alleging abuse and neglect. A consent decree spelling out an improvement plan was entered in 1988 and modified in 2009 to address ongoing problems.

The Maryland attorney general’s office claimed a subsequent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated case eliminated the legal bases for the consent decrees, but U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz and the appeals court disagreed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Heidi Oumarou says:

    Unbelievable. This is the problem with the courts. We are talking about real people here who need to be protected. They are alone in the world and somebody actually says, “no we are not going to make things better for you.” I think these folks should put their kids i the foster care system for 6 months. I bet they would change their mind after that.

  2. Rosita Martin says:

    In October 2006, my grandchildren were transported to child protective services because their mother contacted the Baltimore City Police Department for assistance. Since that time my two grandchildren were exposed to sexual deviancy, beatings, teeth extractions, pharmaceutical therapy, surgical procedures, burns, verbal assault, misdiagnoses, and denied their rights to religious freedom. It should be noted that my grandchildren did not have a historical reference of abuse nor neglect; but have remained under the supervision of a system of alleged support for abused and neglected children. Today, as a result of foster care abuse and neglect, my grandson is brain damaged and blind. My granddaughter has been labeled as having post traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome (neither child had any of these diagnoses prior to their placement in Baltimore’s Foster Care Program.)

    Is there a problem with Baltimore City Department of Social Services? Ask the children who are being victimized in foster care. Ask the family of the children who can not understand why their children were removed from their biological families. Ask the court that allows constitutional rights to be violated. Ask the law makers that “look the other way” while these atrocities are committed. Last but not least, ask the medical community that accesses vulnerable children for the purpose of medical research. Have you put two and two together yet? Our family has…. the love of money IS the root of all evil.

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