The Judicial Council on Thursday voted to proclaim November “Court Adoption and Permanency Month," when many California courts will dedicate extra courtrooms and judges to settling large numbers of adoption cases.
Nationally recognized Juvenile Dependency Court reformers Judge Len Edwards and Judge Michael Nash (ret.) at the Judicial Council's Beyond the Bench Conference. Both have been recognized with accoladed from the National CASA Association.
In the coming years California will implement significant reforms to its child welfare system. Foster children will migrate from congregate care, relatives will become licensed as foster parents, and mandates will intensify to provide children with stable, healthy families.
At its public meeting on January 19, Judicial Council members heard a report that the use of evidence-based practices in pretrial risk assessment can reduce misconduct and failure to appear rates for criminal defendants.
California children in the nation’s largest foster care system have long had their sadness, frustration and fears blunted with the strongest types of psychotropic drugs — medications with limited approvals for pediatric use that often cause debilitating side effects.