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July-September 2005
Vol. XXVI No.3


Los Angeles County Fails to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Foster Children

October 1, 2005
By Meg Wilkinson and Patrick Gardner Jennifer’s Story Each day thousands of foster children in California are needlessly confined in locked hospital wards and other institutions, or placed in large group homes because they cannot get the mental health services they are entitled to  under

Foster Parents: Who Are They and What Are Their Motivations?

October 1, 2005
Part I of a two-part series By Bill Grimm and Julian Darwall This is the first of a two-part series that looks at foster parents – who they are, who the public thinks they are, and how the public’s perceptions of them is shaped by…

Ayotte Case Hinges on Procedural Question

October 1, 2005
By Rebecca Gudeman On November 30th, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.1 The case involves a New Hampshire statute that requires parental notification before a minor can receive an abortion. The question…