Braam v. State of Washington - Ensuring Stability and Safety for Foster Kids

CLS, along with a Bellingham law firm and the National Center for Youth Law, represents children who have been moved through three or more state foster care placements. In 2004, the children’s attorneys and the State crafted a settlement that will improve mental health treatment and many other conditions of life for foster kids for years to come. The settlement includes establishment of a five-member expert panel to oversee implementation. Since the settlement, CLS and our co-counsel have been representing the children in efforts to realize the promise of the settlement, through work with the panel and state officials, representation of children before the state legislature to obtain funding for implementation, and efforts to enforce the settlement in court. Click here for the text of the settlement. Click here for additional informatin about the case at