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7/2/2020

L.A. Leaders Look to Save Job Training Program for Foster and Homeless Youth

As coronavirus cases surge and the reopening of the economy gets rolled back, Los Angeles County leaders are searching for funds to protect a job training program aimed at helping vulnerable teens and young adults get crucial work experience. 

7/1/2020

In a Victory for Youth Advocates, Los Angeles Cuts School Police Budget by 36%

Despite a bitterly divided school board, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted on Tuesday to strip $25 million from its school police department, after mounting protests have highlighted the experiences of Black students on campus.

6/20/2020

Letter to Editor: Article Did Not Fully Capture Recent Meeting

On June 15, The Imprint published an article, “Time to Abolish Racist Foster Care System, Commissioner Says,” which described parts of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children & Families’ June 15 virtual meeting. 

6/15/2020

Time to Abolish Racist Foster Care System, Children’s Commissioner Says

The nation’s fast-evolving rage and newfound commitment to upending long-standing racial injustice spilled into the normally staid meeting of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families on Monday, with several members describing the nation’s largest foster care system as racist and ineffective in its previous efforts to combat the pervasive overrepresentation of black and brown children taken from their parents.

6/15/2020

Home Visitors Left to Check on Parents from Afar

Ebony Middlebrook has spent a decade dropping by the homes of Los Angeles newborns and their families as a “home visitor” for Welcome Baby, a free program that coaches moms and dads on issues like early childhood development, breastfeeding, recognizing the signs of postpartum depression, and obtaining medical coverage. 

6/12/2020

Los Angeles Drops Need for Court Appearance for Uncontested Adoptions During Court Closures

Hundreds of uncontested adoptions in Los Angeles County have been hung up at the final stage since the coronavirus slowed in-person court appearances to a crawl, but that’s about to change.

6/3/2020

Outrage Over Looting Misses Point, Young People in Los Angeles Say

Eight years after her 14-year-old cousin was shot and killed by law enforcement during a mental health crisis, Los Angeles youth activist E.V. is closely watching the protests against police brutality that have now gripped every major American city. 

4/6/2020

Former Foster Youth Laid off From Advocacy Group Amid COVID-19 Crisis Are Re-Hired

Following two weeks of chaotic upheaval that felt like a personal blow to many longtime advocates in California’s child welfare circles, all employees let go in layoffs at the nationally recognized foster youth group, the California Youth Connection, have been rehired.

3/20/2020

L.A. Child Welfare Social Workers Conducting Home Visits without Protection Against Coronavirus

As first responders face a growing shortage of protective gear, social workers across sprawling Los Angeles County have continued to make visits to the homes of children and families in the child welfare system — at times without masks or gloves, according to social workers with the county’s Department of Children and Family Services.