LA Daily News Op Ed – Don’t re-traumatize foster youths in court

Op-Ed: Don’t re-traumatize foster youths in court – by Maureen Pacheco –  Los Angeles Daily News Posted:  04/25/2011 6:08 PM – AS a juvenile justice advocate for the last 25 years, I am strongly in favor of any measure that will help reform our dependency courts to provide better outcomes for children in the child welfare system. Unfortunately, a measure before the state Legislature that seeks to presumptively open the dependency courts with the long-term goal of improving our child welfare system could create more harm than benefit. As written, AB 73 risks re-traumatizing youth who have already been abused or neglected by making public the most intimate details of their lives. After suffering abuse and… http://m.dailynews.com/ladn/db_22838/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=8C2D95194A8BA59912FD7681A5C3AE5F?contentguid=CzdjP73i&src=cat&full=true#display