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Jun 17, 2021

Supreme Court sides with Catholic agency in foster care dispute

The Supreme Court unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples as foster parents.

Dec 21, 2020

Saudi Arabia seeks crown prince’s civil immunity

Welcome to Monday, the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s White House meeting with President Richard Nixon. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Saudi Arabia seeks crown prince’s immunity from U.S. lawsuit. — Texas could face daily fine for failing to comply with judge’s foster care order. — California will examine […]

Mar 21, 2018

Senate, House pass bills requiring prison pregnancy policies

Legislation to require state and local prisons to have written policies regarding pregnant inmates' medical care has passed the Senate and House of Delegates and appears headed to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk pending additional, procedural votes.

Mar 7, 2016

Put Cruz on court, create vacancies, Biden jokes

Vice President Biden's joke at Ted Cruz's expense leads new summary that includes, South African gold miners, Georgia lawyer and Washington state lawsuit.

Dec 29, 2015

Md. juvenile courts can order DHMH care of child after 21

Juvenile courts can order seriously disabled children under the guardianship of the state to continue receiving care after they age out of the foster system to prevent a lapse in services during the transition to the adult system, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. Dustin R. turned 21 in 2013. During the process of […]

Nov 25, 2012

All’s well that ends well on National Adoption Day

Earlier this month my wife and I appeared for what is probably the happiest of all court proceedings: the adoption hearing.

Jun 26, 2012

Casey closing foster care services group

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Casey Family Services, which provides therapeutic foster care services to about 400 children, is closing and laying off 280 employees. The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced Tuesday it will discontinue its direct services through New Haven-based Casey Family Services so the foundation can shift to making grants to child welfare agencies. […]

Mar 19, 2012

Law blog roundup

It’s Monday and that means two things: No basketball for another three days and the roundup. Here are my choices for the final four (at least for this week): — An alleged Manhattan madam has a discriminating taste in lawyers. — Chief Los Angeles County Juvenile Court judge invites press to cover foster-care proceedings. — Wisconsin Supreme […]

Dec 14, 2011

Uncle gets custody of 200-pound boy

CLEVELAND — A boy removed from his mother’s custody over health concerns when his weight ballooned to more than 200 pounds will be taken from foster care and placed in the custody of an uncle, a judge ruled Wednesday. Judge John Hoffman also said the boy, who celebrated his 9th birthday Wednesday but didn’t appear […]

Oct 17, 2011

Preventing the need for foster care in D.C.

In the District of Columbia, when a child is removed from the custody of one parent, the child may go live with another parent after a quick investigation and approval by the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) — usually within 72 hours. The child is only placed in foster care if the other parent […]

Jan 28, 2011

Federal appeals court rules on foster care case

ANNAPOLIS — A federal appeals court has rejected an effort to overturn a federal court ruling requiring reforms in the Baltimore city foster care system. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision was issued Wednesday in the 26-year-old L.J. v. Wilbon case. The court held that federal court in Baltimore could enter a comprehensive […]

Dec 8, 2010

Mother loses TPR challenge to testimony from licensed clinical social worker

A licensed clinical social worker in Maryland can testify regarding the risk a child in foster care faces if returned to an allegedly unfit parent, the state’s top court has held unanimously. The Court of Appeals upheld the termination of a mother’s parental rights, rejecting her contention that such risk assessments are beyond the expertise […]

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