Judge Shoots Down Bid to Free Youth from Juvenile Detention During Pandemic
Even as the coronavirus continues to grow in juvenile halls, a Los Angeles County judge on Tuesday denied a bid to release scores of incarcerated youth in the midst of the deadly pandemic.
New Funding Rule Aims to Boost Effectiveness of Legal Counsel in Dependency Cases
In late 2018, the U.S. Children’s Bureau opened up the federal tap for an oft-underfunded corner of the child welfare system: legal counsel for parents, or children, involved in dependency court cases.
California Courts Must Hold Some Child Welfare Hearings, Try to Continue In-Person Family Visits
California county courts must continue to hold hearings on cases where children are in foster care or have been placed in juvenile detention, and child welfare systems must try to facilitate in-person visits for separated families, according to new rules approved today by the California Judicial Council.
Top Stories of 2019: A Big Year for Parent Representation
We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2019. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from this past year.
West Virginia Child Welfare System Hit with Class-Action Lawsuit (UPDATED)
West Virginia, the third poorest state in the nation with the highest rate of foster care removals in the country, is handing children off to unsupported and unverified relatives and dooming hundreds to age out of foster care from institutions and group homes.
Michigan Rolls Out Plan to Expand, Improve Legal Counsel in Child Welfare Court
Michigan’s child welfare agency announced that it will work with any interested local court system to help access new federal funds available for the legal representation of parents and children in child welfare courts.
Hearings: How to Responsibly Open the Child Welfare Courtroom
Part one of this series discussed the historical nature of confidentiality, followed by a discussion of the societal forces that have changed including technologic advances, public and private communication such as social networking, increasing pressure on openness and transparency in government, and the growing need for support for resources including funding, staffing and leadership.
Hearings: The Era of Closed Courtrooms Should End
For more than a century, there has been a tradition of maintaining confidentiality in the juvenile and family courts, where abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency, and even paternity cases are held. In various forms, virtually every county or jurisdiction in every state has a specific court or judge designated to hear issues related to children and families.