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Case Name Katie I. v. Kimbrough CW-IL-0007
Docket / Court 1:89-cv-08584 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Child Welfare
Case Summary
We have very little independent information about this case -- only a partial docket sheet. The information that follows is from Child Welfare Consent Decrees: Analysis of Thirty-Five Court Actions from 1995 to 2005, available here ... read more >
We have very little independent information about this case -- only a partial docket sheet. The information that follows is from Child Welfare Consent Decrees: Analysis of Thirty-Five Court Actions from 1995 to 2005, available here.

This class action involving children placed in state custody in Illinois was filed on November 17, 1989, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The plaintiffs sought relief against Chicago's Board of Education for providing inadequate education to children in state custody, claiming that the state violated the plaintiffs' civil rights. Specifically, the complaint alleged that "children placed in shelters, group homes or residential institutions were automatically labeled as behavior disordered by the school district and segregated from other students."

A consent decree was approved by the court in 1991, requiring the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to provide Chicago's Board of Education with "notification and appropriate identification of wards in shelter care, to enable educational enrollment and to verify the immunization records of wards in shelter care."

In 1994, the consent decree was modified to restructure the alternative transitional program. The consent decree was still being monitored as of 2005.

Alice Liu - 01/28/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Monitoring
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Classification / placement
Education
Juveniles
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Board Of Education City Of Chicago
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are children placed in state custody and received education from Chicago’s Board of Education.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1989 - 1991
Case Closing Year 1991
Case Ongoing No
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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
1:89−cv−08584 (N.D. Ill.) 03/18/1994
CW-IL-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Zagel, James Block (N.D. Ill., FISC)
CW-IL-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Anderson, Karen Gatsis (Illinois)
CW-IL-0007-9000
Sholder, Iris Ellen (Illinois)
CW-IL-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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