CLC appreciates the concern expressed regarding the well being of Lexi, our client who, unfortunately has become the subject of quite a bit of controversy. Juvenile dependency proceedings are confidential and Lexi is entitled to her confidentiality as such our office will not discuss the details of Lexi's case but will say that the information currently available does not tell Lexi's true story. We hope that those who are interested in her welfare will come to understand that the decision to place Lexi with her relatives in Utah was made after a thorough review of all available evidence; including expert evaluations and clinical assessments, evaluation of the various family relationships, observations of Lexi with her former foster parents as well as with her relatives and Lexi’s confidential conversations with her attorney.

CLC is relieved that Lexi has finally been placed with her relatives, who have been waiting to receive her into their home for over three years. The relatives have traveled to Los Angeles monthly throughout that time and Lexi has had visits in Utah as well. She enjoys a loving relationship with her sisters and extended family in Utah. The past few days have been difficult for everyone involved. Our focus now is on ensuring that our client is supported in any every way possible and that she, her sisters, and their family are given the privacy they need.

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May 03, 2016

LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to end the practice of solitary confinement at its three juvenile halls and 13 camps. Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl proposed the change, citing multiple studies concluding that the practice is both ineffective and harmful.

May 02, 2016

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April 15, 2016

California's judicial leaders on Friday took a major step toward reversing the foster care system's rampant use of psychiatric drugs, approving a slate of new safeguards to make juvenile courts here the country's most careful and inquisitive monitors of psychiatric care for abused and neglected children.

April 06, 2016

After the stocky youth politely greeted his attorney and Judge Margaret Henry, he told the court his days as a cook were over.
Instead, Roger,* an African-American foster youth dressed in an oversized gray t-shirt and a neat pair of jeans, said he thought driving trucks might be the job for him. “I heard they make a lot of money,” he said. “And I want to find an occupation that I like more than cooking.” The only problem? Roger still needs to get his driver license.


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