OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND

 

 

Demand accountability from attorneys for children in CA foster care who fail the very people they are paid to represent and protect.

MOST ATTORNEYS IN CALIFORNIA FAIL THE CHILDREN WHO DEPEND ON THEM TO ADVOCATE FOR THEIR PROTECTION, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING

 

Every day in California, children in the foster care system are represented by court-appointed attorneys in proceedings where judges make critical decisions about their placement, safety, families and future. A first-of-its-kind investigative report by Advokids, Western Center on Law and Poverty and Akin reveals that two-thirds of children in California foster care have never met with their attorney.

Key findings from more than 1,000 caregivers and former foster youth surveyed include:

43%

reported that the appointed attorney never provided their name and contact information.

65%

reported that the appointed attorney never met with their child/youth client.

80%

of survey respondents in Butte, Fresno, Kern, Riverside, and Stanislaus counties reported that appointed attorneys never met with the children in their care.

JOIN US TO DEMAND THAT THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IN CALIFORNIA FOSTER CARE ARE PROTECTED

 

Urge the CA State Legislature to pass AB 3049 to ensure that child clients are well-represented by their attorneys.

 

 

 

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About Advokids

Advokids fights for the right of every child and youth in foster care in California to safety, security and a permanent home. The legal advocacy nonprofit provides critical legal services and support to anyone concerned about a child in or at risk of entering foster care. Operating the only free telephone Hotline in the state, Advokids empowers relatives, foster caregivers and foster child advocates to navigate a complex and impenetrable child welfare system to prevent trauma, safeguard legal rights and improve the lives of the more than 45,000 children in California foster care.

 

 

 

 

Together We Can

  • Keep children in the California foster care system safe

  • Protect their emotional and developmental health

  • Promote permanency and adoption for children who cannot return home

  • Hold the system accountable to the best interests of the child

  • Increase public awareness about the needs of children in foster care

  • Change a lifetime

 

 

 

 

 

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