Lawyer,Foster care,Court

Opinion: State needs to pay for foster kids’ attorneys

January 21, 2017
in Kids

In the coming years California will implement significant reforms to its child welfare system. Foster children will migrate from congregate care, relatives will become licensed as foster parents, and mandates will intensify to provide children with stable, healthy families. Attorneys and social workers to a large extent determine what information is presented to the court. Judges must have confidence that they are receiving complete and accurate information in order to make well-informed decisions. Both state rules and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Key Principles for Permanency Planning mandate that Juvenile Court Judges are responsible for ensuring that all parties in Dependency court are vigorously represented by well-trained, culturally responsive, and adequately compensated attorneys. Reasonable compensation is essential for high quality representation. We call upon those who work...

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