Below is the first part of a article by Laura Sulliven from NPR.org. It reads…

After years of high profile problems — including the death of five children and cries of inaction — the South Carolina Department of Social Services is facing a new hurdle. Foster care children in the state have banded together in a class action lawsuit to demand changes.

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Child welfare advocates filed a class action lawsuit this afternoon against the state of South Carolina, saying it has failed to protect thousands of children in its care. The advocates are demanding changes at a state agency that has faced repeated cases of child deaths and mismanagement. NPR’s Laura Sullivan reports.

LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: For several years now, South Carolina’s Department of Social Services has been criticized for mismanagement and abuse in its foster care homes. The state held hearings and officials promised change. The agency also recently got a new leader, but now the department is facing new criticism, this time from the children. The class action lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Charleston and it’s based on the complaints of 11 kids in foster care.

Sue Berkowitz is an attorney with South Carolina’s Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

SUE BERKOWITZ: The South Carolina Department of Social Services has been neglecting the children that are in its care for decades.

SULLIVAN: Appleseed helped bring the suit, along with children’s rights and national nonprofit.

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