This ruling was issued on October 18, 2018, by the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is M.D. v. Abbott, a 2011 complaint filed by youth in foster care against the state and the Department of Family and Protective Services. In late 2015, a district court judge ruled for the plaintiffs, and found that the Texas foster care system violated the rights of children in foster care. In early 2016, the district court ordered the state to make numerous changes. The state appealed. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court ruling and . . .