East Bay Family Defenders
Parent Defender Firm Loses High-Profile Contract in California’s East Bay
A Northern California law firm with a progressive approach to representing parents who've lost their kids to foster care is scrambling to hand off its more than 1,000 clients this week, after the state court administration terminated its contract.
The Parent Defender Model Heads West
In many ways, the challenges of the child welfare field mirror those in the criminal justice system. Both disproportionately ensnare over-policed, underserved communities, especially people of color and those living in deep poverty.
No More Heartbreak? California Governor Newsom Moves to Boost Funding for Dependency Courts
On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced a proposed $54 million boost to the budget of the state’s dependency courts, blending an increase in state investment with federal funds newly available for the legal representation of children and families involved in the child welfare system.
Movement to Stem Family Separation in Child Welfare Gains Momentum
On Thursday, scores of attorneys, judges and other child protection professionals descended on Washington, D.C., for the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Parent Representation. The conference’s name is suggestive of the family justice revolution brewing within child welfare law.