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Family Reunification Week Partners
  • Board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas proclaimed the week of September 16th – September 20th as Los Angeles County 2013 “Family Reunification Week.” Four years ago, Supervisor Gloria Molina, following discussions with Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court, initiated the first ever “Family Reunification Week” in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors continues to support this week-long celebration that promotes the importance of safe family reunification. Working with Judge Nash and his staff at Juvenile Court is the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Children’s Law Center, Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, Inc., County Counsel’s Dependency Division, and CASA of Los Angeles in planning Family Reunification Week. We congratulate the thousands of families that have reunited, making the safety and well-being of their children their number one priority.


    • Children's Law Center
      Children’s Law Center (CLC) is a nonprofit, direct legal services provider that acts as the voice in court for close to 100% of Los Angeles County’s over 25,000 abused and neglected foster children. Our 220 person staff of committed attorneys, social work investigators, and paralegals is a tireless team of advocates for these vulnerable youth, guiding them through the complicated and often overwhelming foster care system and accompanying court process.  Whenever possible, CLC aims to...    

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    • Children’s Court of Los Angeles: An Innovative Approach to Juvenile Justice
      In the summer of 1997, the California Court of Appeal made the following observation about the state’s juvenile justice system: “While each division of the court is vitally important to the litigants and to society, there is no division of greater importance than the juvenile court, which deals with the sensitive parent-child relationship and the potential of horrendous damage to children.”
      Few people, especially those who work in the courts, would disagree with that statement. However, how many people truly understand what the juvenile court...      

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    • County Counsel
      It is divided into six sections, and each section is supervised by a Section Head. The six sections are composed of three trial sections, the Appellate Section, the Outstation and Back-up Section, and the North County Section. The division handles approximately 13,000 dependency cases involving approximately 32,000 children. The division will also handle approximately 500 appellate matters annually.   The primary mission of the Dependency Division is...       
        
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