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Connor B. Litigation Reserve

1599-2013

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $0 $0
FY17 $0 $0
FY16 $0 $0
FY15 $358,149 $341,623
FY14 $955,979 $905,377
FY13 $592,984 $553,000
FY12 $2,020,429 $1,853,000
FY11 $0 $0
FY10$0$0
FY09$0$0
FY08$0$0
FY07$0$0
FY06$0$0
FY05$0$0
FY04$0$0
FY03$0$0
FY02$0$0
FY01$0$0
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Funding for Connor B. Litigation Reserve
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comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Line items that start with 1599- are typically referred to as "reserve accounts." These often fund non-recurring costs, such as costs for natural disasters, start-up costs, and initial payments for collectively-bargained pay increases.

The Connor B. Litigation Reserve provides funds for costs resulting from a 2010 lawsuit brought against Massachusetts by Children's Rights, a national advocacy group seeking to reform state child welfare systems. The class action lawsuit was brought on behalf of all children who have been (or will be) in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). This lawsuit was dismissed in FY 2014.

There were six named plaintiffs and three defendants, sued collectively in official capacity only and not as individuals. The defendants were Governor Deval Patrick; JudyAnn Bigby, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services; and Angelo McClain, Commissioner of DCF. The lawsuit claims that Massachusetts fails to provide an adequate number of case workers or properly manage the system causing harm to children in foster care. Children's Rights also claims that foster children go through too many different placements, are not reunified with family in a timely manner, and are not adequately prepared for life after foster care. For a listing of the specific allegations forwarded in the lawsuit, see http://www.childrensrights.org/class_action/massachusetts/.

The lawsuit was dismissed in FY 2014, but if it had been successful, it would have compelled DCF to amend practices to better maintain the safety of children in care. Some of the changes included:

• Implementing caseload limits for all caseworkers

• Providing more opportunity for education and training for caseworkers

• Increasing home-visits to better monitor the safety of children in foster care

• Providing timely case plans

• Making sure needed resources are available to children and families

Children's Rights has sued over a dozen states seeking improvement to child welfare policies.

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $0 $0
FY18 Leg $0 $0
FY18 Sen $0 $0
FY18 SWM $0 $0
FY18 Hou $0 $0
FY18 HWM $0 $0
FY18 Gov $0 $0
FY17 $0 $0

Notes

  • Line items that start with 1599- are typically referred to as "reserve accounts." These often fund non-recurring costs, such as costs for natural disasters, start-up costs, and initial payments for collectively-bargained pay increases.