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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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.

May 29, 2017

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, her fellow judges and children’s advocacy groups have been trying for years to persuade Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators to provide more legal aid for 60,000 foster children.
These kids have been removed from their families because of neglect and abuse. Legally, their parents are “dependency court” judges.


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.


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