As summer winds down and school bells start ringing, CLC is swinging into action with our Back-to-School Drive distributing backpacks, school supplies, and more to our young clients. Read the latest from CLC in our August E-Newsletter.

Back to School

As summer winds down and school bells start ringing, CLC is swinging into action with our Back-to-School Drive distributing backpacks, school supplies, and more to our young clients. This year’s return to in-person classes brings new challenges for students, especially those navigating the foster care system. Our friends at First 5 LA have put together some excellent resources to assist parents and caregivers to ease the first day of school jitters.  

It’s not too late to shop our wishlist of school supplies or you can connect with Andrea Gleaves to make a donation. Thank you to our incredible donors who have helped our clients start the school year with confidence.

For 30 years, CLC has worked with thousands of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. We have advocated for numerous forms of educational support, specialized therapies, and other ways to empower our clients and help them reach their full potential—equine therapy is one form of therapy that can be incredibly beneficial for youth. 

Children who may shut down in traditional talk therapy often find new ways to open up and connect when around horses and other animals. Horses can be an incredible mirror for kids because horses often react to the emotions and behaviors of the people around them. In a nonjudgmental way, this reinforces for kids healthier ways to communicate, show respect, and express boundaries.  

CLC staff have seen significant improvements for our clients participating in equine therapy, helping them find new ways to cope with their past trauma and interact more appropriately with caregivers and peers.  
Equine therapy is typically not covered by health insurance and the cost associated with one week of treatment per client is approximately $100. We are pleased to partner with the wonderful folks at Special Spirit Ranch to connect our clients with beautiful therapy horses and animals. The results have been astounding.  If this is something you are interested in supporting, please feel free to contact Stephanie Talavera.

For the past several years, CLC has been part of a national effort to institute a right to counsel for children and parents involved in the child welfare system. While this is already an established right in California, it is not consistent throughout the country and – as we know from firsthand experience – children and parents navigating a complex system need high quality legal representation! Families deserve a true voice in the court decisions that impact their lives and futures. We are thrilled that Senate Bill 1927, the proposed reauthorization of CAPTA, includes language that would establish a national right to counsel for children and parents. Now is the time to act to show your support for this critical provision!  

Share your support for the right to counsel provisions with your networks by tweeting the message below:

Children & parents navigating the child welfare system deserve legal representation in the court decisions that impact their lives & futures. #CAPTA includes critical provisions that ensure #Counsel4Kids. Sign on to support these #CAPTA recommendations:

September is Child Welfare Workforce Development Month! 

Join co-hosts The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and the Children’s Bureau for the Child Welfare Worker Recognition Event on September 14 at noon PDT. This year’s speakers will discuss your ability to positively influence a life’s trajectory through the heart, the head, and the hands. Other events include Trauma-Informed Yoga for the Child Welfare Professional; Share Your Story: Advancing Organizational Goals Through Effective Messaging, Storytelling, and Public Relations; and the Child Welfare Virtual Expo.  

New Anti-Racist Legal Representation Project

Exciting news! The Family Justice Initiative (FJI) is launching an Anti-Racist Legal Representation Project. Our very own Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Phyllis Stricklan, will serve in a leadership role on this important initiative. We look forward to sharing more about the project soon!  

FJI is a national collaborative of children’s attorneys, parents’ attorneys, educators, researchers, and federal policy advocates who share a common goal: to increase access to high-quality legal representation for children and parents in child welfare cases.  

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