USD in the News

TitleThe Children Left Behind
News OrganizationCalifornia Lawyer

California Lawyer--...Some critics of the dependency court system believe that its chronic underfunding speaks to an uncomfortable truth: Juvenile courts routinely short-change a particularly vulnerable segment of the population.
"We treat these kids like crap on purpose by knowingly underfunding what we know they need," says Ed Howard of the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego. "And that has only gotten worse." Howard claims that every aspect of the state's dependency courts - from social service investigations and court hearings to foster care placements - fails to deliver... (Full Story)

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