On October 10, 2019, the complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The plaintiff alleged that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has violated the rights of children in West Virginia's foster care system. The plaintiffs claimed that children in West Virginia’s foster care system have been abused and neglected, put in inadequate and dangerous placements, institutionalized and segregated from the outside world, left without necessary services, and forced to unnecessarily languish in foster care for years . . .