Children’s Law Center’s dedicated staff represent nearly 30,000 children who have been abused or neglected and are involved with the Los Angeles or Sacramento County Juvenile Dependency Court systems. More info For many foster youth their CLC attorney is the most constant person in their life; assisting them with education, mental health, health, housing and more.
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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.
 

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