Judge: Nev. Foster Child Agency Must Share Records

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge is ordering Las Vegas-based child welfare authorities to turn over the results of investigations of abuse against foster children to a nonprofit advocacy group.

A lawyer for the Oakland, Calif.-based National Center for Youth Law says the files will show the Clark County Department of Family Services is failing to protect children in its care.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston says the county must by Oct. 3 provide copies of about 1,100 reports on allegations of physical, sexual and other types of abuse and neglect involving children in foster care.

The judge also ordered the county to pay the legal costs for the center to get the files.

The center filed a lawsuit in August 2006 alleging Family Services places abused and neglected children in unsafe homes and crowded, understaffed facilities.

It alleges the county doesn't properly investigate allegations of abuse and neglect and fails to properly monitor foster parents and foster homes.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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