California Bill Would Have Judges Curb Psychotropics among Foster Youth
By Isaac Smith After a year of scathing indictments by the media and advocates concerning the overuse of psychotropic drugs on foster children, the legislature responded with a flood of bills aimed at strengthening the safeguards for the prescription of psychological medications to foster youth.
California Rejects Bid to Restore Funding for Child Welfare Courts
Next year’s California state budget does not include increased funding for child welfare courts, foiling efforts by the California legislature to decrease the overwhelming caseloads faced by lawyers for foster youth.
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Juveniles is a Deal Breaker
“Audrie’s Law” stalled in the California State Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety this morning due to the growing opposition against the bill’s mandatory sentencing requirements for juveniles convicted of sexually assaulting unconscious or disabled victims.