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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.

January 12, 2017

When a budget increase for dependency counsel funding was yanked from the 2014 California budget at the eleventh hour, Ed Howard, for the first time in his professional career, cried. But now that attorneys who represent abused and neglected children have been through the same experience for three of the last four budgets, they are "saddened, but not surprised."
On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown's budget numbers for dependency counsel stayed flat, offering no relief to overloaded dependency lawyers. The Judicial Council has said that dependency attorneys should handle a maximum 141 cases, but in many counties, attorneys are acting as advocates for nearly twice that number of children.

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