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Lawsuit faults Mass. on foster care system

A federal class action lawsuit set to go to trial Tuesday is expected to shine a harsh light on the Massachusetts child welfare system, laying out accusations that the state allowed thousands of children to suffer a wide range of abuses, including sexual assault, constant foster home uprooting, and inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic drugs.

Children’s Rights, a New York City-based child welfare watchdog group, first filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Children and Families in April 2010 , stating in court filings that the state is “causing physical and psychological harm to the abused and neglected children it is mandated to protect.”

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