On May 19, 2022, A Better Childhood sued the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services alleging that the state fails to meet federal foster care requirements. The state's problems include high caseloads for caseworkers and high turnover among those workers. The number of foster homes is inadequate and the state has not adequately supported kinship placements.  The complaint establishes three plaintiff subclasses: children who are Alaskan Natives, children placed in unlicensed kinship care, and children with disabilities protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The plaintiffs allege that the state is violating the federal child welfare law . . .
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