Judge Michael Nash


‘Party’s Over’: Kathryn Barger Wants L.A.’s Child Protection System to Change Now

On Sept. 11, I visited the wood-paneled offices of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of child welfare in the county and her district.


Nebraska Notes Increase of Adoptions from Foster Care

Last year 538 adoptions were finalized in Nebraska, according to an announcement from Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) last week. That number was only exceeded on other year – 2008, when 572 adoptions were finalized.


Sheila Kuehl Charts Path for Nation’s Largest Child Welfare System

As the current chair of Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors, Sheila Kuehl is in a prominent position to shape child welfare policy that will not only have an impact in L.A.,


Investigative Attorney Unit to Join L.A.’s Office of Child Protection

Today, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion that would bring a rarely heard from, but critically important, group of investigative attorneys under the Office of Child Protection’s control.


L.A. Supervisors Move to Streamline Use of Public Health Nurses in Child Protection

Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors is moving quickly to address the role of public health nurses in child protection. On July 19, Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis will issue a motion that would direct a handful of county agencies to determine the “feasibility, benefits and detriments, if any, and fiscal viability” of moving the 103 public health nurses employed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to the Department of Public Health (DPH).


Study Finds Foster Youth Fare Better When They Receive Care Until 21

Maria Serrano couldn’t wait to leave foster care behind when she turned 18 two years ago. “I didn’t want anything to do with the system,” she said. In foster care since she was 15, Serrano felt unstable in the child welfare system.


    Rumors around L.A.’s Child Protection Shakeup Dispelled

    Despite swirling rumors about the potential fallout of Los Angeles County’s Tuesday 4-1-vote to hire Judge Michael Nash as its director of child protection, key players in child welfare and county government do not see it that way.


    Judge Michael Nash Eyes Child Protection’s Bully Pulpit

    A version of this story was first published in LA Weekly’s news blog.  For more than a year, Los Angeles County, home to the largest child protection system in the world, has been grappling with how to keep its children safe.


    Judge Pushes Back on Higher Court, Continues Press Access to Juvenile Dependency Hearings

    Presiding Judge Michael Nash will send an amended version of his controversial (and now invalidated) order easing media access to Los Angeles County’s juvenile dependency court to fellow judges, attorneys and other stakeholders for review as early as next week.