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February 10, 2017

Foster care agency misses 700 payments. System glitches at L.A. County department leave some recipients homeless or resorting to food lines. 

Glitches in a new computer system at Los Angeles County’s child protection agency have caused hundreds of missed payments to foster care parents, group home managers and others receiving public assistance, according to county officials.

Those living paycheck to paycheck found themselves in dire straits. One young woman said she was kicked out of her apartment. Another had to wait in food lines to find something to eat. A group home manager said she had to borrow thousands of dollars from friends to make payroll.

January 21, 2017

In the coming years California will implement significant reforms to its child welfare system. Foster children will migrate from congregate care, relatives will become licensed as foster parents, and mandates will intensify to provide children with stable, healthy families.

Attorneys and social workers to a large extent determine what information is presented to the court. Judges must have confidence that they are receiving complete and accurate information in order to make well-informed decisions.

January 12, 2017

When a budget increase for dependency counsel funding was yanked from the 2014 California budget at the eleventh hour, Ed Howard, for the first time in his professional career, cried. But now that attorneys who represent abused and neglected children have been through the same experience for three of the last four budgets, they are "saddened, but not surprised."
On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown's budget numbers for dependency counsel stayed flat, offering no relief to overloaded dependency lawyers. The Judicial Council has said that dependency attorneys should handle a maximum 141 cases, but in many counties, attorneys are acting as advocates for nearly twice that number of children.

January 09, 2017

CLC is thrilled to announce that today the United States Supreme Court denied the Petition for Certiorari filed by former foster parents, R.P. and S.P, regarding the case of In re Alexandria P. also know as "Lexi. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled Lexi and her family will finally have the permanence they have waited for so long. We ask that the media and the public respect the privacy of our client and her family moving forward.

September 29, 2016

SB 1143 WILL ENSURE THAT YOUTH WHO ARE LOCKED UP IN COUNTY JUVENILE HALLS, PROBATION CAMPS AND RANCHES, OR STATE YOUTH PRISONS (DIVISION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE) ARE NO LONGER SUBJECT TO OVERUSE, MISUSE AND LONG-TERM USE OF LOCKED ROOM CONFINEMENT, INCLUDING ISOLATION FROM HUMAN CONTACT AND PROGRAMMING.
 

September 26, 2016

Today marks an important shift away from the criminalization of the state’s child victims of commercial sexual exploitation. We are thrilled to announce that Governor Brown signed SB 1322 (Mitchell), important legislation that ensures children will not be subjected to a criminal charge of solicitation or prostitution. CLC has been a proud supporter of this bill and of the 2014 actions that provided a pathway to child welfare services for child victims of sex trafficking. We are committed to ending the incarceration of children for their victimization, and instead advocating for the supports and services they need to heal.

September 15, 2016

Instead of going to school, school will come to you.

That’s the prize-winning idea behind RISE High, a proposed Los Angeles charter high school designed to serve homeless and foster children whose educations are frequently disrupted.

Los Angeles educators Kari Croft, 29, and Erin Whalen, 26, who came up with the idea, won $10 million in XQ: The Super School Project, a high school redesign competition funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs.

RISE is one of 10 $10-million winning school projects nationwide. Winners receive the prize money over five years.