Judge Approves Legal Aid Lawsuit Requiring City to Assist Young People Aging Out of Foster Care with Housing
New York State Supreme Court Judge Geoffrey Wright approved the settlement of a class action lawsuit against the New York City Agency for Children's Services (ACS) on behalf of young people who are aging out of foster care and have been denied assistance in finding appropriate housing. The settlement requires that ACS establish a specialized unit to ensure these young people receive this essential housing assistance, and also requires that ACS provide supervision to young people who are not yet 21, but who have already been discharged from foster care. The settlement further provides for four years of monitoring by plaintiffs' counsel. The lawsuit, D.B. et al. v. Richter, was filed by The Legal Aid Society, Lawyers For Children and the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, against ACS in October, 2011.