In the News

June 27, 2017

After 5 years of hard work, relentless advocacy, and unstoppable commitment - we did it! The final budget includes a $22 million augmentation for Dependency Counsel funding.
 
To all of our allies who made phone calls and wrote letters –thank you for standing up for abused and neglected children and their families. We could not have done it without you. You are making a difference!  By giving dependency attorneys across the state the tools we need to be best we can be, you have given tens of thousands of foster children a fighting chance at a better future.

And to every single overworked and underpaid dependency attorney, investigator, peer advocate, secretary, administrator, case manager, back office and front office staff... you are the heart, soul, backbone, sunshine and shining star for thousands of children and families - you are true heroes  - thank you.

June 09, 2017

LA County has thousands of foster care children. Advocates say the state’s budget hasn’t kept pace with need, when it comes to funding for providers and legal counsel. The state budget deadline is June 15th and advocates are pushing for $22 million more in funding for dependency counseling.

June 08, 2017

State government, in a way, is paying more attention to the foster care system than ever by signing mandates and protections for foster kids into law. But it’s ignored the other side of the equation: funding to make it all happen. In the meantime, caseloads for the attorneys who act as a last line of defense for foster kids are staggering, and children suffer as a result.

June 06, 2017

When Governor Brown signs this year’s budget, it must correct maybe the worst injustice in our state – depriving California’s 50,000 abused and neglected foster children a champion inside the bureaucracy that is responsible for raising them. Just $22 million of the state’s $170 billion budget is needed to reduce the case loads of lawyers who advocate for these children to something south of preposterous; something minimally worthy of our unique moral obligation to these children who by force of law have been rendered parentless.

June 02, 2017

Free food, friends, and fun! Kids and teens can get FREE meals all summer long at sites across the community. Text “FOOD” to 877-877 to find a site near you or to learn more, call 1-866-3HUNGRY.

May 31, 2017

The process of making California’s state budget requires legislators to make many compromises. Unfortunately, one group whose needs have too often been compromised by the budget process are foster children. That can’t be allowed to happen this year. Foster children’s advocacy groups are pleading with Sacramento to increase state funding for dependency attorneys.

May 29, 2017

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, her fellow judges and children’s advocacy groups have been trying for years to persuade Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators to provide more legal aid for 60,000 foster children.
These kids have been removed from their families because of neglect and abuse. Legally, their parents are “dependency court” judges.