January 10, 2018

Nearly 20 percent of foster youth in Los Angeles County identify as LGBTQ, a statistic that prompted the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to look for ways to improve services for LGBTQ youth in the county’s care.

December 20, 2017

New reforms were designed to bring more relatives into California’s foster care system. Instead, they’ve actually made it much harder to keep a child in a home with family members as foster care providers. 

October 30, 2017

California is attempting to switch to a victim-centered approach for its sexually trafficked youngsters. But despite the passage of two important and well-intentioned new laws in the last two years, both of which affect youth who have been sexually exploited, change has not come easily or quickly.

September 28, 2017

This month, Los Angeles County is rolling out a new approach to the longstanding issue of how to find homes for its most difficult to place foster youth. These are youth with a high level of mental health needs and behavioral issues who often cycle through multiple foster care placements and sometimes end up on the street. As a result, they often end up spending months living at transitional shelters such as two cottages run by David and Margaret Youth and Family Services in La Verne. “Most of the kids we’ve got – they’ve been everywhere and nobody wants them because they’re so difficult,” said Charles Rich, the executive director at David and Margaret.

August 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO — State officials have ordered Sacramento County to shut down its foster care intake office by the end of next month, calling for an end to an illegal operation where abused and neglected children are poorly supervised, sleep on the floor, and are often preyed upon by human traffickers.

July 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Only a few of California’s 58 counties still operate shelters for abused and neglected children, orphanage-style settings widely considered outmoded and undesirable for kids who need the care of a family home. But in Sacramento, many children aren’t even let into its last-resort foster care shelter. Instead, they sleep on the floor in a waiting room nearby.

June 29, 2017

This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2017-18 state budget, which includes significant investments that will improve outcomes for our clients and their families.

Dependency Counsel Representation
The state budget includes a $22 million augmentation for dependency counsel. This important increase will help to reduce the crushing caseloads of CLC attorneys, as well as attorneys throughout the state representing abused and neglected children and youth in the foster care/dependency court. This success is the result of over five years of hard work and advocacy before the Legislature and the Governor.