Children’s Law Center’s dedicated staff represent nearly 33,000 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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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.

June 27, 2017

After 5 years of hard work, relentless advocacy, and unstoppable commitment - we did it! The final budget includes a $22 million augmentation for Dependency Counsel funding.
To all of our allies who made phone calls and wrote letters –thank you for standing up for abused and neglected children and their families. We could not have done it without you. You are making a difference!  By giving dependency attorneys across the state the tools we need to be best we can be, you have given tens of thousands of foster children a fighting chance at a better future.

And to every single overworked and underpaid dependency attorney, investigator, peer advocate, secretary, administrator, case manager, back office and front office staff... you are the heart, soul, backbone, sunshine and shining star for thousands of children and families - you are true heroes  - thank you.

June 09, 2017

LA County has thousands of foster care children. Advocates say the state’s budget hasn’t kept pace with need, when it comes to funding for providers and legal counsel. The state budget deadline is June 15th and advocates are pushing for $22 million more in funding for dependency counseling.

June 08, 2017

State government, in a way, is paying more attention to the foster care system than ever by signing mandates and protections for foster kids into law. But it’s ignored the other side of the equation: funding to make it all happen. In the meantime, caseloads for the attorneys who act as a last line of defense for foster kids are staggering, and children suffer as a result.

June 06, 2017

When Governor Brown signs this year’s budget, it must correct maybe the worst injustice in our state – depriving California’s 50,000 abused and neglected foster children a champion inside the bureaucracy that is responsible for raising them. Just $22 million of the state’s $170 billion budget is needed to reduce the case loads of lawyers who advocate for these children to something south of preposterous; something minimally worthy of our unique moral obligation to these children who by force of law have been rendered parentless.

May 31, 2017

The process of making California’s state budget requires legislators to make many compromises. Unfortunately, one group whose needs have too often been compromised by the budget process are foster children. That can’t be allowed to happen this year. Foster children’s advocacy groups are pleading with Sacramento to increase state funding for dependency attorneys.


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