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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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

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