Interesting Cases

Helpful and Interesting Recent Cases and Materials Related to Children, Foster Care, Child Maltreatment and Adoption

Corkan, K.B., COMMENT: Free Exercise in Foster Care: Defining the Scope of Religious Rights for Foster Children and Their Families, 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 325 (2005).

Child Welfare Consent Decrees: Analysis of Thirty-Five Court Actions from 1995 to 2005. (Analysis of child welfare settlement agreements).

Leshko v. Servis, 423 F.3d 337 (3d. Cir.  2005). (Foster parents are not state actor for purposes of liability under 42 U.S.C. 1983).

Tylena M. v. Heartshare Children’s’ Services, 390 F. Supp. 2d 296 (S.D. N.Y. 2005). (Liability of agencies for abuse of foster children).

Vega v. Fox, 2006 U.S. Dist LEXIS 6747, 05 Civ. 2286 (SAS) S.D. N.Y. 2/21/06. (When is “private action” also “state action” for purposes of Section 1983).

Said Abs Sheikh v. Kevin S. Choe No. 76723-8 Supreme Court Of Washington 2006 Wash. LEXIS 179 (2/ 16/06). (Is the agency liable for criminally assultive acts of foster children).

Roska v. Sneddon, No. 04-4088, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 3126 (2/9/06).  (Suit by parents alleging improper removal of child).

Robin Fretwell Wilson, The Cradle of Abuse: Evaluating the Danger Posed by A Sexually Predatory Parent to the Victim’s Siblings Emory L.J. 241 (Winter 2002).

Angela Ferraris, COMMENT: Sibling Visitation as a Fundamental Right in Herbst v. Swan,  39 New Eng.L. Rev. 715 (Spring 2005).

C.N. v. Ridgewood Board of Education, 430 F.3d 159 (3rd Cir. 2005) (Did student survey violate the Family Educational Records Privacy Act)

Maldonado v. Snead, No. 05-10813,   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, (2/23/06) (Liability of agency and social workers and availability of immunity for injuries to foster child)

Steven J. Singley, Failure to Report Suspected Child Abuse: Civil Liability of Mandated Reporters, 19 J. of Juvenile Law 236 (1998).

John C. Duncan, Jr., The Ultimate Best Interest of the Child Enures from Parental Reinforcement: The Journey to Family Integrity, 83 Neb. L. Rev. 1240 (2005).

Ellen Marcus, The Public and Private Faces of Family Law: Article: Fostering Family Ties: The State as Maker and Breaker of Kinship Relationships, 2004 U. Chicago Legal Forum 319 (2004).

Stephanie Moes, Being Seen and Heard: Webster v, Ryan’s Constitutional Protection for Children’s Rights to Maintain Contact with Foster Parents, 71 U.Cin.L. Rev. 331 (2002).

Lisa Westergaard, Note: What’s Going to happen to Us? The Legal Right of Half-Siblings to Remain Together Once their Custodial Parent Has Succumbed to a Terminal Illness, 70 U. Missouri Kansas City L. Rev. 471 (2001).

Beth Garrison, NOTE: Children are Not Second Class Citizens: Can Parents Stop Public Schools from Treating Their Children Like Guinea Pigs?, 39 Valparaiso U. Law Review 147 (2004).