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Unlimited Horizons Provides School Supplies for CLC Clients

Unlimited Horizons, a local philanthropic organization, was started four years ago by attorneys Pat Stark, Jason Friedman and Chris Chapman. Their legal advocacy on behalf of low income individuals with housing issues led them to discover that a number of their clients’ children – many of whom were either homeless or living in unsafe conditions – attended Union Street Elementary School. Expanding on their desire to "do good," the firm of Stark, Friedman and Chapman, LLP began hosting an annual golf tournament to raise funds to help children like those they encountered at Union Street Elementary. Last year, they raised $12,000, which they used to purchase and distribute school supplies for children in need. “It seems like a small thing but it really helps the kids. It shows them the importance of putting education first. It excites them about learning which can help break the cycle of poverty," said, Jennifer Friedman, Director and Manager of Unlimited Horizons.

CLC Plans to Move into Child-Centered Offices in the New Year

Following a highly successful legislative season, CLC continues to have big things on the horizon. In March 2017, CLC will be moving into new offices and for the first time in several years, all of the LA-based operations will be housed in one location. No longer will LA-based staff be split between 2 locales – one inside of the Edelman Children’s Courthouse and one in an office park located around the corner from the courthouse. CLC’s LA-based staff is looking forward to being reunited!

With this relocation to a single building, it is expected that there will be greater opportunities for collaboration, resource-sharing, and peer-to-peer support. The new Gensler designed offices will have a modern, open and airy feel that will help CLC’s staff combat compassion fatigue by creating an atmosphere that is not only bright and cheerful but also allows for more efficient day-to-day practices.

Client Highlight: Kalia S.

CLC Peer Advocate Sondra Sanford recently had the opportunity to work with an inspiring, transition-age youth named Kalia. In Sondra’s own words, “Kalia was referred to the Peer Advocate Program in hopes of getting connected to job training/employment. She had no job experience, and none of her critical documents (I.D, Birth Certificate, or Social Security Card). Knowing that the social worker holds on to these documents for youth until they turn 18, Kalia and I reached out to her worker to get her the social security card so that I could take her to get her first I.D., which we were successfully able to do.

Message from the Executive Director

Thanks to your support, last year CLC provided birthday gifts to 100s of foster children;
Thanks to your support, 120 girls were rescued from commercial sexual exploitation; and
Thanks to your support, special education advocacy was provided to school age children who would have otherwise been left to languish.

Children’s Law Center of California represents 33,000 abused and neglected children, all of whom receive the high quality legal representation essential to their safety and future success.  On behalf of them, we thank you.

​As 2016 comes to a close, we hope you will consider a gift to CLC to allow us to continue our critical work building hope for thousands of abused and neglected children in our community. To make a donation, please go to

Thank you for your continued support and may the new year bring you health and happiness.

Legislation Update

In addition to CLC’s direct advocacy work in the courtroom, we remain committed to improving the lives of our clients through the development of strong local and state policies.  2016 marked an important year for change.  Through the budget process, CLC successfully fought for an increase to the extra funding called the ‘infant supplement’, which is paid for the care and supervision of a foster youth’s baby.  Parenting foster youth and their young children frequently lack support and are particularly vulnerable to poor outcomes like becoming homeless.

Legal News Update

CLC’s Writ and Appeals team issues a monthly summary to CLC staff regarding the latest cases that have been decided by the appellate courts, and also holds monthly Legal News Updates to discuss new cases and provide practice tips.   Below are examples of the work of these dedicated and specialized attorneys – and the issues they grapple with in court on a daily basis –that go to the heart of our client-focused advocacy.

CLC Thanks Our Generous Grant Funders!

CLC is thrilled to announce that our recent proposals to both The Parsons Foundation and The Rose Hills Foundation to support our successful Peer Advocate Program were approved! These grants will allow CLC to continue our critical work serving transition-age foster youth in need of intensive advocacy on a range of issues, including CSE (commercially sexually exploited) youth, pregnant and/or parenting youth, youth struggling with mental health issues, and/or youth who need direction with regard to educational and employment opportunities in preparation for independence. 

Client Highlight: Arisai H.

7 year old Arisai always knew she wanted to attend college. Unfortunately, she was discouraged by her social worker from attending a four year university, and was pointed in the direction of two year schools.  Recognizing Arisai’s motivation and that she needed a little extra support to achieve her goal, her attorney Maria Wimmer referred her to CLC’s Peer Advocate Program. Arisai’s Peer Advocate Marisa Rodriguez helped Arisai navigate the confusing and overwhelming process of applying to Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) and helped connect her with the many resources available to assist her on her academic path.

New Crossover Youth Model Comes to Sacramento

CLC is excited to be part of a new and innovative Crossover YouthPractice Model (“CYPM”) in Sacramento County. Developed by nationally recognized experts at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, the Crossover Youth Practice Model is an evidence-based practice focused on reducing the number of youth involved in the child welfare system who ‘cross over’ from child protective services into juvenile justice.