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Dependency courts oversight bill dies in Assembly

A bill that would have allowed public oversight of court hearings that consider foster care placements and other sensitive child-welfare decisions was put on hold Tuesday in an Assembly committee, effectively killing if for the remainder of the Legislative year.

AB 73, by Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), was supported by many child advocates, the presiding judge of Los Angeles County children’s court and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The bill was opposed by social workers whose work would regularly be available for public review for the first time, as well as the California Youth Connection, former Senate leader John Burton and the court-appointed lawyers who represent children in the Los Angeles County system. 

Feuer had said the bill would have provided badly needed oversight to the state's child welfare system. “We need to hold everyone in the system accountable,” he said.


Bill for open dependency courts faces key hurdle

-- Garrett Therolf

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Kudos to Feuer for attempting to do the right thing. The rest of these people can go straight to h-e-l-l. Your crimes will catch up to you one day. And when they do, there will be no mercy for you whatsoever from anyone, nor should there be.

Politics will be the death of this nation.

This is a tragedy for California's foster children. CYC is sadly mistaken on this one. In contrast, the newspaper LA Youth got it right. Details are on my organization's Child Welfare Blog here: www.nccprblog.org

Richard Wexler
Executive Director
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

I understand the social workers opposing, but I heard recently that they didn't. They opposed to this because then they would have to be held accountable for their standard procedure of writing lying twisted reports.

The California Youth Connection is an organization that recruits former foster children to lobby for the beaurocrats, yes you can put thoughts in children's heads...and reward them for being agreeable to what you want to lobby for. Had the California Youth Connection listened or had any presentations outside of their adult handlers, meaning the adult heads of CYC, they might have had a chance for real power, but now they are just seen as tools for adults. I wonder why not ALL children are invited into this organization and I wonder why it's offices are next door to the county court appointed lawyers office in Monterey Park. Tells you something, huh?

The funny thing is that the county court appointed law firms are opposing this as well. I wonder why? Why would county court appointed lawyers not advocate for dcfs accountability? Because they are always on the side of the court and the dcfs, they really don't have to do anything but shuffle parents and paperwork.

The whole point of opening family court to the press and public is to ensure truth and transparency in the courtroom. It is to ensure that the rights of innocent parents are upheld and that children are getting the protection they need. Whether you agree that child protection is corrupt or not, that caseworkers lie to bring cases into court and all the players involved go along to keep that case alive for as long as possible because that's how they earn their living, the most important aspect of solving the crime, cracking the code, searching for truth in a court case, protecting the rights of the innocent and, above all, protecting the lives of children will not go away by continuing to keep it secret behind closed doors. Too many lives have been injured. These people, these victims will never stop telling the public, telling their elected officials and the press the truth about child protection. It has to be told and retold until the existing system is ended and replaced with something that actually involves justice for families and compassion for children.


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