When your child is in foster care, the last thing you want is to be called an abusive mother or an abusive lawyer.
But that is exactly what’s happening in many states, according to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union.
In New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the state and federal governments are using “domestic violence” to collect child support, even when the child has been abandoned or removed from the care of a parent, the report said.
The report comes as the Supreme Court hears arguments on a case involving a Pennsylvania woman who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a former foster parent who was charged with abusing her.
The case is being heard in New York State Supreme Court, and its outcome could affect the way child support payments are collected in states across the country.
“The court has repeatedly recognized the unique burdens of child custody on parents and the unique benefits that can accrue to children when their parents are separated or when a parent dies,” said the report’s author, Jodie Ginsburg, who is also a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling.
The report’s authors also noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that child support is unconstitutional if it’s collected through a process that creates a “burden” on the child.
In New York state, the court ruled in 2013 that child custody is not a “legitimate purpose” under state law, and that child supports collected through the Department of Social Services must be subject to a mandatory audit.
But the state is using a different legal framework than the court.
In 2016, the Court found that child care facilities and day care centers can be responsible for child support as long as they provide “sufficient care” for the child, and said that they do not have to prove the child’s welfare to do so.
This means that in some states, even if the child is being treated at a day care facility, the child cannot be deemed a “subsidized” child if he or she is in the custody of a day-care center.
The New York Department of Health said in a statement that its office had reviewed the report and had not found any “systemic problems.”
“While we have heard of a few instances where child support has been garnished through a child care facility under New York law, we have not yet received any instances where this has been found to be the case,” it said.
One of the most striking aspects of the report is that child welfare workers, the vast majority of whom are female, have a clear bias against women, according the authors.
“Child welfare workers have an entrenched and discriminatory bias against both women and women of color,” the report states.
This bias has become especially apparent in the case of a Pennsylvania man who was awarded $7,000 in child support from a former child-care facility.
In his lawsuit against the agency, the man said the facility did not provide enough supervision and that his child’s health and safety were compromised.
“[The Department of Children and Families] refused to investigate his claims of neglect because they did not believe that the claims were supported by evidence, and because they knew that the facility had a history of neglect,” the lawsuit said.
He was later convicted and sentenced to prison for child neglect.
The federal judge who heard his case dismissed the allegations, saying that he “did not believe there was sufficient evidence of harm to justify a court order to terminate child support.”
The authors of the new report call for an investigation into the bias against female child welfare professionals.
“The most pressing need for reform in the child welfare system is to ensure that child protective agencies, child protective services, and child welfare offices are staffed with women of all backgrounds, experience, and backgrounds,” the authors write.