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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.

April 14, 2015

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has set aside nearly $7 million to address child sex trafficking as part of the 2015-2016 budget. The funds are expected to be used for sex trafficking prevention initiatives, programs and services including the creation of a specialized court for trafficked children in the foster care system to help stabilize them, provide comprehensive services, such as crisis counseling, educational classes, and advocacy to improve their chances of recovery.

April 06, 2015

A California appeals court has butted heads with another state appellate court over whether the state can remove out-of-control children from the custody of a parent even if the mother or father has not neglected the child or is otherwise not at fault for their behavior.   


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