May 26, 2017

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is urging state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown to approve an additional $22 million in the state budget for attorneys serving foster children.
 She explained at a Sacramento Press Club Event that dependency attorneys are currently funded at just 57 percent of required resources.

May 25, 2017

Advocates for foster kids are urging that Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators spare $22 million to provide kids with lawyers. Those doubting the need should consider what has been happening at the Mary Graham Children’s Shelter in French Camp outside Stockton. Mary Graham is one of nine shelters across the state that, last year, housed 5,400 children of deeply troubled parents. Yet as a San Francisco Chronicle report detailed, those homes called the cops 14,000 times in 2015 and 2016. Most were to report runaways. But police made at least 485 arrests at the homes.

May 18, 2017

The offenses begin innocently enough.

Kids watching a movie smear cake frosting on each other. A Monopoly game is overturned. A distraught child hurls whatever is within reach — a tissue box, a shoe, a blanket, dominoes, a cell phone.

May 15, 2017

Federal and state laws governing child welfare agencies have long required that reasonable efforts be made to prevent the removal of children from their homes, and to reunify children with their families of origin when removal cannot be safely prevented. Beginning with the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, federal policy has mandated that reunification be prioritized as the preferred permanency outcome for children who enter foster care due to abuse or neglect

May 09, 2017

Miles Cooley was in foster care as a kid and survived with the help of a few adults. Now, he is a Los Angeles lawyer to celebrities, but returns to Sacramento to advocate for kids who are where he once was.                                                                             

February 10, 2017

Foster care agency misses 700 payments. System glitches at L.A. County department leave some recipients homeless or resorting to food lines. 

Glitches in a new computer system at Los Angeles County’s child protection agency have caused hundreds of missed payments to foster care parents, group home managers and others receiving public assistance, according to county officials.

Those living paycheck to paycheck found themselves in dire straits. One young woman said she was kicked out of her apartment. Another had to wait in food lines to find something to eat. A group home manager said she had to borrow thousands of dollars from friends to make payroll.

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.