2009-01-08 / Local & State

Appeals Court Renews Pa. Couple's Foster Care Suit

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit filed by two former foster parents in northwestern Pennsylvania who say they weren't told a teenager placed in their home by child welfare agencies had a history of sexually abusing others.

Paul and Bonnie Bryan, of Cambridge Springs, say the 14- year-old boy abused another 9- year-old boy in their care in 2001.

The Bryans claim they lost their certification to become foster parents when they reported the abuse. They sued the Erie County Office of Children and Youth and several other agencies in 2003.

A federal judge dismissed the suit in 2006 saying they didn't state a claim covered by federal law, but the appeals court disagreed. A conference is set for Jan. 21 on the couple's amended lawsuit.

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