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 22, 2015

Los Angeles County's foster care system should promptly shut down its last-resort facility for older youth with nowhere else to go and make significant new investments in the facility for younger youth, a special committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors has concluded.

June 16, 2015

Without fail, every year thousands of abused and neglected children are placed in the child welfare system due to familial failures beyond their control. Foster youth are provided with the right to counsel to ensure that their voices and needs are not overlooked. For many foster children, their most significant and consistent adult relationship will be with their court-appointed juvenile dependency counsel who strives to provide passionate and high-quality legal services on behalf of each child in our juvenile dependency courts.

June 11, 2015

The Chronicle of Social Change 
Being in the foster care system in San Francisco, I’ve experienced everything from a kinship placement with my grandmother to running away from home and getting in trouble. I entered the system in 2006 and didn’t exit until just last year. I barely graduated middle school the year I went into care because my grandmother had passed away and my mother wasn’t looking out for me. I’ve been through two foster homes, three group homes, and was almost adopted. Through this all, the only person I was ever able to count on was my lawyer.

May 28, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union of California today released a report that concludes California is violating the Due Process Clause of the federal and state constitutions, as well as federal and state law, because chronic underfunding results in too few attorneys to represent indigent children and parents in dependency court proceedings. Read the full report here:

May 18, 2015

The $8 million to $22 million expense places the bill package well within the cost range of other foster care reforms. Dependency court attorneys are seeking $33 million to lower caseloads, and the governor's January budget proposes $7 million in state general funds aimed at reducing reliance on residential group homes. Leslie Heimov, executive director of the Children's Law Center of California, which represents 33,000 children, supports the psych med bills.

May 11, 2015

On paper, the profile of young people caught up in both the juvenile justice and foster care systems in Los Angeles County is disheartening.
“Crossover youth,” as they are referred to, are likely to have experienced abuse or neglect, to have been arrested for a violent or threat-related offense while living in a group home, and to have substance abuse and mental health issues. In theory, dual-system involvement should mean these young people get twice as much attention and twice as many services.


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