“Looking at this picture of her, I just can’t imagine her smiling like that three years ago. That says a lot.”

Holding two wallet-sized pictures, Children’s Law Center attorney Evan Cass smiles as he reflects on the journey of Natasha*, now 7 and Roderick*, now 3.

Washington Post: Bowser taps deputy health mayor to lead child welfare agency

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has selected Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Brenda Donald as the Director of Child and Families Services. It will be Donald's third time leading the organization.

Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow was featured in a recent article from The Washington Post about the decision.

Huffington Post: Solutions for Vulnerable Families Start with Context

Earlier this month, Eldar Shafir, co-author of Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How it Defines Our Lives, joined Children's Law Center at NPR's headquarters. Together he, Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow and Shankar Vedantam, host of NPR's Hidden Brain, discussed how scarcity -- of time, money and resources -- impacts our most vulnerable children.

In her Huffington Post blog, the first part in a two-part series, Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow reflects on the conversation. 

Founder James Marsh: ‘If you were a lucky child you would make it through’

It was the 1990s. And attorney James Marsh grew tired of how DC children swept up in the abuse and neglect system were faring.

At the time, almost 8,000 children were under the watch of the DC government because of allegations of abuse and neglect – and about 3,000 languished in foster care without much hope of joining a forever family. Grandparents and other relatives who wanted to care for these kids often had to navigate the child welfare bureaucracy alone.

Chief Judge Lee Satterfield: ‘If you're going to make a change, ride it out’

We recently sat down with DC Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield to talk about how the court has changed since he was appointed to the bench in 1992. His advice after 20 years? “If you are going to make a change and it’s the right thing to do, ride it out. Eventually people will forget that they were against it.”


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