Lawsuit says NH has ‘warehoused’ foster teens in group care

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 3:01 PM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A federal class-action lawsuit says New Hampshire has “unnecessarily warehoused” foster care teens in institutional and group care facilities instead of with families and have not acted in their best interests.

The lawsuit filed by several legal groups on Tuesday alleges that older youth under the custody of the Division for Children, Youth and Families are routinely denied placement in less restrictive foster home and family-based settings.

The suit was filed against Gov. Chris Sununu and a number of state officials.

Sununu said while some states have issues they need to address, here in New Hampshire we have made more progressive reforms to its state’s child welfare system than any administration in history. 

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