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Daniel Pollack, attorney and professor at Yeshiva University’s School of Social Work in New York City, and Elisa Reiter, Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Almost 10 years ago, nine children who had been in the Texas foster care system filed a class action lawsuit alleging that the system failed to protect them from an unreasonable risk of harm. In 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Janis Jack took the state to task for operating a system where “rape, abuse, psychotropic medication and instability are the norm,” and children “almost uniformly leave state custody more damaged than when they entered.” Many of those children were placed in rural foster homes. M.D. v. Abbott. 

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