Children’s Law Center of California

New Bill Would Help Foster Youth in Washington, D.C., Keep Federal Benefits


California Budget Deal Extends Millions of Dollars in Aid for Aging-out Foster Youth

Thousands of young adults in the California foster care system will receive additional financial support and housing help as they struggle to survive the recession and the coronavirus pandemic, under a budget deal this week between lawmakers and Democratic Gov.


Los Angeles County Fails to Provide Details about Another Child Death in the Antelope Valley

Late last month, another young child involved with Los Angeles County’s child welfare system died in the Antelope Valley under unknown circumstances. Unlike the headline-grabbing cases of other children dying at the hands of a parent, 19-month-old Joseph Chacon was found unresponsive in a car seat inside his foster mother’s vehicle.


Why The Washington State Supreme Court Got It Wrong on Lawyers for Kids

Over the past year, there has been increased attention on the right to legal representation for children who have been separated from their families at our borders. Images and stories of young children attending court hearings alone, without an attorney, have been shared by media outlets all over the world.


Youth-led Advocacy Groups Empower Foster Youth

J. Cortez III was just 16 years old when he proved to the court he was independent and could be legally emancipated from his mother, though he’d been on his own since he was 12.


California Bill to Increase Support for Pregnant Foster Youth Reaches Governor’s Desk

Whether to increase financial support for prenatal care and other needs of pregnant foster youth is in California Governor Jerry Brown’s hands, now that Assembly Bill (AB) 1838 has passed in both the Senate and Assembly.


Landscape Begins to Shift for Calif. Dependency Attorneys

California advocates and legislators are gearing up to push for a second budget increase to pay court-appointed attorneys representing children in foster care across the state. At the same time, the Judicial Council of California is debating whether to revise the methodology used to determine how much counties are awarded for juvenile dependency counsel, and how many cases each attorney should be given.


    Safe Harbor Laws Aiding Exploited Children Need Better Implementation

    According to research released in January, the nine states that enacted safe harbor laws by 2012 were found to lack adequate funding for services necessary to aid commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC).


    Taking Action to Protect Sexually Exploited Children

    For as long as anyone can remember, children who are bought and sold for sex have either been ignored or, when they do catch our attention, arrested and incarcerated–and then released right back into the streets.


    Know Before You Go Website for Los Angeles Transition-age Youth

    The Alliance for Children, in partnership with the Children’s Law Center of California, recently launched a new website and mobile app to educate and empower foster youth to achieve self-sufficiency as they transition out of the child welfare system.