Advocacy

WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?

There was an article last week in the Houston News (http://www.houstonpress.com/news/there-s-little-outrage-for-12-000-kids-suffering-in-the-texas-foster-care-system-8161341) about a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services brought by Children’s Rights, a New York-based children’s advocacy organization. The article reported on a federal court’s finding that the state routinely neglected and mistreated the approximately 12,000 children in long term…

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Giving a Nine-Month Old Girl and her Grandmother a Voice in the Court System

A grandmother called Advokids’ hotline today asking for help advocating for her infant granddaughter who is in her care. The grandmother obtained a temporary guardianship in probate court when the case was referred to the county child welfare department because of issues of possible parental neglect—including domestic violence, drugs, and anger issues. From this point…

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Advokids – Your Legislative Watch Dog

Updated December 2, 2015 Did you know that this legislative session, Advokids is diligently watching proposed legislation that affects California’s foster children? Get Involved! Go to http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov for more information about these bills. You can also contact your local legislator to urge them to support the bills that will bring about positive changes for foster children in California.…

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IT IS TIME TO STOP WAREHOUSING KIDS IN GROUP HOMES

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently held Senate hearings on group home foster care placements. He is quoted as saying, “No one would support allowing states to use federal taxpayer dollars to buy cigarettes for foster youth. …Continuing to use these scarce taxpayer dollars to fund long-term placements in group homes is ultimately just as destructive.”…

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A Safety Net for California Foster Children

The 110-page report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, titled “Shame on the U.S.,” outlines the negligence of our government to protect children and enforce federal child welfare laws at the state level. “Our culture and much of our media — just like all three branches of our federal…

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