Groups sue Arizona for failing to care for foster children

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Children's advocacy groups are suing Arizona for allegedly violating the civil rights of nearly 17,000 foster children.

The suit filed Tuesday in federal court claims the state fails to provide needed mental and other health care or provide enough foster homes to house children removed from their families. The suit also accuses the state of failing to investigate reports of maltreatment in existing foster homes and not providing basic services that reunite children with their families.

The suit was filed on behalf of 10 foster children and seeks class-action status. They are represented by the national advocacy group Children's Rights, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and a Phoenix law firm.

The suit names the head of Arizona's child welfare and health services agencies as defendants.

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