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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November 16, 2015

Sex trafficking of underage girls — often as young as 12 — is one of the most repulsive crimes imaginable, but it’s part of a multibillion-dollar underground industry in our state. To combat this repugnant crime, we need to take tangible action on the local, state and federal level to punish traffickers and buyers and help the victims.

October 14, 2015

In 2014, there were 496,972 reports (allegations) of child abuse and neglect in California. The rate of abuse and neglect reports, 54.6 per 1,000, is the highest its been since 1999.

October 14, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bipartisan bill co-authored by local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) that requires the State Department of Education to establish guidelines and best practices for child-abuse prevention in schools and school programs.

October 14, 2015

This month, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed a raft of legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in foster care. In addition to the package of bills designed to stem the overprescribing of psychotropic medication for foster youth, and AB 403 which will greatly reduce the number of youth placed in group homes, Brown signed several other significant foster care bills before last Sunday’s midnight deadline. The legislation aims to bolster educational support for foster youth, preserve and strengthen the bond between parenting foster youth and their children, and in a landmark piece of legislation, extend protections to transgender foster youth.

June 22, 2015

Los Angeles County's foster care system should promptly shut down its last-resort facility for older youth with nowhere else to go and make significant new investments in the facility for younger youth, a special committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors has concluded.

June 16, 2015

Without fail, every year thousands of abused and neglected children are placed in the child welfare system due to familial failures beyond their control. Foster youth are provided with the right to counsel to ensure that their voices and needs are not overlooked. For many foster children, their most significant and consistent adult relationship will be with their court-appointed juvenile dependency counsel who strives to provide passionate and high-quality legal services on behalf of each child in our juvenile dependency courts.

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