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WA foster parents sue state in federal court

By Associated Press
Jan 20, 2011

A Washington foster parents group has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, saying the state has a low reimbursement rate for basic care.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday says Washington state is not complying with the federal Child Welfare Act, because it doesn't give foster parents enough money to cover all expenses, including food, clothing, shelter and schooling.

The lawsuit refers to a national study that says Washington is in the bottom third of all states in its reimbursement to foster parents for basic care. The report says Washington should increase its reimbursement rates by at least 60 percent.

The group bringing the lawsuit says it is unrelated to the state's current budget crisis.


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