Defunding School Police: In Oakland, an Emphatic Yes; In L.A., Not So Fast

Amid ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, two of California’s largest school districts  this week joined other education leaders across the country pressured to rethink their policing of students. After weeks of public […]

Child Welfare

Letter to Editor: Article Did Not Fully Capture Recent Meeting

On June 15, The Chronicle of Social Change published an article, “Time to Abolish Racist Foster Care System, Commissioner Says,” which described parts of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children & Families’ June 15 […]

Child Welfare

Home Visitors Left to Check on Parents from Afar

Ebony Middlebrook has spent a decade dropping by the homes of Los Angeles newborns and their families as a “home visitor” for Welcome Baby, a free program that coaches moms and dads on issues like […]

Child Welfare

Three Needed Steps In Child Welfare’s Battle Against Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a major threat to children in the child welfare system.  While the disease itself most severely affects older adults, the side effects of the pandemic — shelter-in-place orders, lockdowns, school and court […]


L.A. County Leaders Want To Keep Juvenile Incarceration Numbers Low After Pandemic

During the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles County released hundreds of youth from lockup over fears that juvenile detention centers would breed infection. Now, local leaders are looking for ways to […]