Maryland Department of Human Resources

Baltimore, MD: (Sep-13-07) Attorneys Mitchell Mirviss and Gary Posner brought a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of Human Resources, alleging that children in foster care were not receiving quality care. In a settlement reached, the state Department of Human Resources has agreed to pay $700,000. In 2005, the state agreed to pay attorneys Mirviss and Posner $367,534 for work they performed monitoring foster services as part of a class action suit they filed on behalf of children in out-of-home care about 20 years ago. That agreement, part of a class action lawsuit, required the state to provide better health care, education and protection for the city's foster children. Sources state the regular reports are filed by the attorneys and the state in an effort to ensure quality care, and this requires a considerable amount of research and time.

After the attorneys received the first settlement in 2005, they used the money to hire another attorney, Rhonda Lipkin, who is the former deputy director of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, to monitor city foster care services full time. Lipkin has worked under the umbrella of the Public Justice Center in Baltimore since then. Money from the second settlement will allow her to continue her work. [BALTIMORE SUN: FOSTER CARE SETTLEMENT]

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