Five Tips for Litigating the Harms of Congregate and Institutional Placements

By Shereen A. White and Cathy Krebs

There is clear evidence of the harms of congregate and institutional placements for children and youth, and both policy and legal advocacy should work together to ensure young people are instead placed in family settings in their communities. There are many resources detailing the harms of congregate placements, and this practice point pulls some of them together into five tips so children’s lawyers can use the information in their litigation.

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