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Case Name BH v. DCFS CW-IL-0003
Docket / Court 88 C 5599 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Child Welfare
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Benefit Source
Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Goals and Timekeeping
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Crowding / caseload
Access to public accommodations - governmental
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Classification / placement
Discharge & termination plans
Disciplinary procedures
Emergency shelter
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Family reunification
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Foster care (benefits, training)
Neglect by staff
Parents (visitation, involvement)
Placement in detention facilities
Placement in mental health facilities
Placement in shelters
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Sanitation / living conditions
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Siblings (visitation, placement)
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Timeliness of case assignment
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Self-injurious behaviors
Suicide prevention
Mental Disability
Mental Illness, Unspecified
Plaintiff Type
City/County Plaintiff
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (AACWA), 42 U.S.C. § 620 et seq.
Adoption Assistance Program, 42 U.S.C. § 670 et seq.
Defendant(s) Illinois
Plaintiff Description All children in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and will be placed somewhere other than with their parents.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1991 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Legal Accountability in the Service-Based Welfare State: Lessons from Child Welfare Reform
By: Kathleen G. Noonan, Charles F. Sabel, William H. Simon (Center for High Impact Philanthropy , Columbia Law School and Stanford Law School)
Citation: 34 Law & Soc. Inquiry 523 (Summer 2009)
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  Making Child Welfare Work: How the R.C. Lawsuit Forged New Partnerships to Protect Children and Sustain Families
By: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (Bazelon Center)
Citation: (1998)
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1:88-cv-5599 (N.D. Ill.) 09/28/2016
CW-IL-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion 05/30/1989 (715 F.Supp. 1387) (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum Opinion 12/19/1989 (128 F.R.D. 659) (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion (7th Cir.) 01/14/1993 (984 F.2d 196)
CW-IL-0003-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Supreme Court Opinion (denying cert.) 06/07/1993 (508 U.S. 960)
CW-IL-0003-0012 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
DCFS Stung for Unkept Promises 02/02/1994
CW-IL-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: Papers of Beth Harris
Memorandum Opinion 05/02/1994 (856 F.Supp. 1285) (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Consent Decree 12/20/1999 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0010 PDF | Detail
Settlement Agreement (attorney fees and costs) 06/09/2008
CW-IL-0003-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Supplemental Order to Enforce Consent Decree 06/30/2009 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion for Entry of Order Approving Implementation Plan 08/07/2012
CW-IL-0003-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 08/14/2012 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0009 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 10/20/2015 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0013 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Regarding Communications Plan for Implementation Plan 09/28/2016 (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0014 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended and Revised DCFS B.H. Implementation Plan 09/28/2016
CW-IL-0003-0015 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Alonso, Jorge Luis (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0013 | CW-IL-0003-0014 | CW-IL-0003-0015
Cudahy, Richard Dickson (Seventh Circuit)
Grady, John Francis (N.D. Ill.)
CW-IL-0003-0002 | CW-IL-0003-0003 | CW-IL-0003-0005 | CW-IL-0003-0006 | CW-IL-0003-0008 | CW-IL-0003-0009 | CW-IL-0003-0010 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brody, Michael L. (Illinois)
CW-IL-0003-0010 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Dalenberg, Heidi (Illinois)
CW-IL-0003-0006 | CW-IL-0003-0007 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Gomez, Danielle Renee (Illinois)
Grippando, Thomas J. (Illinois)
Grossman, Harvey (Illinois)
Lippitz, Bradley H.W. (Illinois)
Mena, Yvonne E. (Illinois)
Murphy, Patrick Thomas (Illinois)
Nowaczewski, Jeanne L. (Illinois)
CW-IL-0003-0010 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Turner, Lori Nicole (Illinois)
Wolf, Benjamin S. (Illinois)
CW-IL-0003-0006 | CW-IL-0003-0007 | CW-IL-0003-0010 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Baer, Kimberley K. (Iowa)
CW-IL-0003-0010 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Getzendanner, Susan Christine O'Meara (Illinois)
CW-IL-0003-0010 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Golbert, Charles P. (Illinois)
Greenspan, Barbara Lynn (Illinois)
CW-IL-0003-0007 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Kenney, Mary Brigid (Illinois)
Lowder, Lee A. (Illinois)
Madigan, Lisa (Illinois)
Rascia, Ronald Anthony (Illinois)
Smith, Charles F. Jr. (Illinois)
Tchen, Christina M. (Illinois)
CW-IL-0003-0010 | CW-IL-0003-9000
Wiegand, Thomas J. (Illinois)
Other Lawyers None on record

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