No. 02-10180.

329 F.3d 1255 (2003)

31 FOSTER CHILDREN, on behalf of themselves and all other Children in Florida Foster Care, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Jeb BUSH, as Governor of the State of Florida, Kathleen Kearney, as Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Chuck Bates, District Administrator, Robert Williams, District Administrator, Ester Tibbs, District Administrator, et al., Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

May 8, 2003.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Marcia Robinson Lowry, Children's Rights, Inc., New York City, Karen A. Gievers, Tallahassee, FL, Robert M. Montgomery, Jr., Montgomery & Larmoyeux, West Palm Beach, FL, Roy D. Wasson, Miami, FL, Christina A. Zawisza, Children First Project, Fort Lauderdale, FL, William H. Fraser, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL, Deborah A. Schroth, Florida Legal Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, Bernard P. Perlmutter, University of Miami School of Law, Children & Youth Law Clinic, Miami FL, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

Jason Vail, Tallahassee, FL, for Defendants-Appellees.

Before ANDERSON and CARNES, Circuit Judges, and HAND, District Judge.

CARNES, Circuit Judge:

This case involves a proposed class action brought on behalf of all children in Florida's foster care system against the Governor of Florida, the Secretary of Florida's Department of Children and Families ("the Department"), and the administrators of fourteen of the Department's fifteen districts, all of whom collectively administer Florida's foster care system. The individual plaintiffs' amended complaint alleges widespread deficiencies in...

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