USC Center for Health Journalism
Dependency Court Backlog Finds Many Los Angeles Children Still in Limbo
For Foster Youth, Stability Is Even Harder to Find During the Pandemic
With Californians hunkered down to stop the vicious spread of coronavirus, three Los Angeles County sisters are stranded 400 miles from the places they call home, with no idea when they will be able to return.
Families in Limbo: Coronavirus Hobbles Reunifications from Foster Care
This week was supposed to be a triumphant one for a Northern California mother of two, a 39-year-old home health aide. Soon after a long-scheduled court date at the Sonoma County Hall of Justice this week, she imagined she would soon be able to gather her 1-year-old daughter in her arms at last and end what has been the most terrifying experience of her life: the seven months her toddler has spent in foster care.