ARTICLE TAG

birth parents

3/14/2019

Hours Spent in Traffic Are Often Part of a Parent’s Journey to Reunification

After a long night of wiping off seats and sweeping up plastic cups at one of Los Angeles’ largest stadiums, Abraham Gomez rushes home to change his clothes, then hits the open highway just a little after sunrise.

1/18/2019

Casey Commends Leaders Across Child Welfare Spectrum

Casey Family Programs has announced the 2019 recipients of its Excellence for Children Awards, a list that this year includes several system leaders, advocates for kin and birth parents, and an alumni of an internship program for former foster youth on Capitol Hill.

9/13/2018

After Shooting, Florida Denies Media Request for Names of Foster Parents

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced Tuesday that it would not comply with a public records request by a local paper asking for details about the identity and location of foster parents in the state.

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9/10/2018

In Child Welfare, Two Worlds When it Comes to Legal Representation

A few weeks ago, a close friend came home from work surprised to find the business card of a Child Protective Services (“CPS”) worker wedged inside his door. No letter, or even a handwritten note, accompanied the card.

1/12/2018

Heaven Sent: My Son’s Foster Mother Came Through for Us Both

The first time I set eyes on my son’s foster mother, I did not see her through rose-colored glasses — they were more like fire red! I was angry and resentful that my son had been removed from me, so I was in no mood to be friendly or forgiving.

1/9/2018

Fighting Addiction with Connection

In 2005, when Lauren Mausbach was 19, she tried cocaine for the first time. Just a year later, she was introduced to meth, and for the next six years she lived out the too-familiar story of an addict.

    9/11/2015

    In Early Child Welfare Decision Making, Time Is of the Essence

    No issue is likely to generate more emotion than the relationship between a child and his mother. In P.D. Eastman’s famous children’s book, a newly-hatched duckling searches through a farmyard, poignantly asking various animals: “Are you my mother?”

    3/2/2014

    Calif. Family Court Process on Psych Meds Needs Improvements, Safeguards

    California is one of six states that place decisions concerning psychotropic medication of foster children in the hands of the juvenile court. In 1999 the legislature, at the urging of Los Angeles County Juvenile Court Judge Terry Friedman, enacted Senate Bill 543.

    4/3/2013

    Can Indian Child Welfare Act Block Adoptions? High Court to Hear Arguments

    by Lauren Kawana The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving the adoption of a baby of Cherokee descent by two white parents. The South Carolina case, Adoptive Couple v.