The Association to Benefit Children, a child-advocacy group, sued the city to force child-welfare officials to get these infants into homes more quickly.
But Ms. Gupta, the child-welfare official, said local politicians were deeply involved in the scheme, and would frustrate all efforts to stop it.
After the doctors at Schneider reported the case to child-welfare officials, Aaron was placed in foster care pending a formal hearing later this month.
However, the family had not come to the notice of child-welfare officials.
Tiesha is now in the custody of child-welfare officials.
The city's top child-welfare official called the report unfair.
School and child-welfare officials are trying to determine how she fell through the cracks.
Justina was not well known to child-welfare officials, but she deserved more attention than she got.
Earlier in November 1995, a relative complained to child-welfare officials that Justina had not been attending school.
But Mr. Blatner, the former child-welfare official, said private management would improve care for children.