CENTRALIA, Wash. — A Thurston County judge says a lawsuit alleging misconduct at a group foster home in Centralia can proceed against the Kiwanis International and two local clubs.

Superior Court Judge James Dixon on Friday rejected the Kiwanis claim that it had no actual involvement in Centralia’s Kiwanis Vocational Home.

The Centralia Chronicle reports that an attorney for Kiwanis International and local clubs had asked the judge to dismiss the claims against them.

The Kiwanis Vocational Home served as a state-licensed group home for wards of the state until 1994.

In the first of several lawsuits filed, three men claimed in 2015 that the state and Kiwanis allowed the home to stay open despite years of allegations of sexual and physical abuse by staff and other residents.

The state Department of Social and Health Services last week agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle their portion of that lawsuit.


Information from: The Chronicle, http://www.chronline.com