Haynes and Boone in the Texas Lawbook: Yetter Coleman, Haynes and Boone Challenge TX Foster Care System

12/2/2014

A 13-year-old boy who was overmedicated with eight psychotropic drugs and a 16-year-old girl who has moved more than two dozen times since entering foster care are the latest examples of vulnerable Texans turning to the federal courts for help.

Much like previous groups reliant on state care – those with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and prison inmates – the more than 12,000 children in Texas’ long-term foster care system are seeking federal judicial oversight to improve their care...

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi will begin hearing the case today. The suit was brought in 2011 by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, as well as Yetter Coleman and Haynes and Boone, LLP, which partnered up on the case on a pro bono basis...

“Too often children at 18 are discharged from the care of the state and have no basic skills,” said Barry McNeil, who is leading Haynes and Boone’s involvement in the case. “They’ve never driven a car, have never gone to the grocery store, and don’t have a family to support them, so they’re essentially hopeless...”

Others on the trial team from Haynes and Boone include David Dodds, Thad Behrens and Amelia Cardenas.

Excerpted from the Texas Lawbook, December 2, 2014. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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