CLC Testimony and Comments

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Testimony: The Status of Home Visiting Services in the District

November 28, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney Aubrey Edwards-Luce recently testified about the Status of Home Visiting Services in the District. We are testifying about this legislation because we have advocated for continued investigation and investment in home visiting programs for many years, because home visiting is an important piece of the District’s child abuse and neglect prevention services array. We know from our work that children have the best chance to avoid contact with the child abuse and neglect system when their parents and caregivers are fully supported and equipped to meet their needs.

Comment: Notice of Revisions to the Special Education Audit Policy

November 28, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared its comments with the DC Public Charter School Board about its revisions to the special education audit policy. We're offering the following comments because while we appreciate that PCSB is updating and expanding its audit procedures, we're concerned that the proposed policy is subjective in its procedures. We're recommending better-defined procedures which will limit the influence of bias and ensure consistency in enforcement. Read the full comments here.

Testimony: Students in the Care of the D.C. Coordinating Committee Act of 2018

November 16, 2018

Children's Law Center policy analyst Michael Villafranca recently shared testimony about the Students in the Care of the D.C. Coordinating Committee Act of 2018. We're commenting on the legislation because the research is clear that education, including connection to school and relationships there, “provides a reliable pathway” for youth, in any of the court systems, to become positive members of their communities. This bill establishes a collaborative body that we hope will address many systemic gaps in this area. Real the full testimony and our recommendations here.

Comment: 2018 Mold Amendment Proposed Rules

November 6, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared its comments with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) about the 2018 Mold Amendment Proposed Rules published by DDOE amending the Mold Assessment and Remediation Licensure Regulations in Chapter 32 of Title 20 DCMR. We're offering the following comments to express our general support of the proposed amendments and to recommend language that will make the amendments stronger for DC children and families. Read the full comments here.

Testimony: School Safety Act of 2018

November 1, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney Aubrey Edwards-Luce recently testified about the School Safety Act of 2018. We are testifying about this legislation because the attorneys, social workers, and investigators at Children’s Law Center see the trauma that children endure after being sexually abused in their homes, and we whole heartedly support the School Safety Act’s intent to prevent and respond to sexual abuse in schools. We also look forward to any opportunity to work with the Committee to further strengthen the protective efforts initiated by the School Safety Act.

Testimony: District of Columbia Auditor’s Report, “Housing Code Enforcement: A Case Study of Dahlgreen Courts”

October 31, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney Anne Cunningham recently testified at a hearing focused on District of Columbia Auditor’s Report, “Housing Code Enforcement: A Case Study of Dahlgreen Courts.” The report confirms concerns that advocates and tenants have been raising for years: that DCRA does not hold landlords to enforcement timelines, does not consistently collect fines, is not transparent, and does not reliably keep data on inspections and enforcement actions.

Testimony: Youth Exiting with Support Amendment Act of 2018

October 22, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney Aubrey Edwards-Luce recently testified about the Youth Exiting with Support Amendment Act of 2018. This legislation focuses on the supports youth receive when involved with CFSA and DYRS. We are commenting on the legislation because many of our clients are involved with these agencies. Over the past three years alone, 35 Children's Law Center clients have aged out of CFSA’s care and custody and some Children's Law Center clients have also experienced exiting the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS).

Comment: Engaging Incarcerated Parents Policy, Business Process, and Tip Sheets

August 22, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared its comments with CFSA about its Engaging Incarcerated Parents Policy, Business Process, and Tip Sheets. We're offering the following comments to assist CFSA in its efforts to “provide guidance to social workers to engaging incarcerated parents through strengths-based case management that is aimed at securing well-being and positive permanency outcomes for children and their families.” Read the full comments below.

Comment: Program – Missing and Absconded Children & Business Process: Missing and Absconded Children

July 27, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared its comments with CFSA about its programs related to Missing and Absconded Children and Business Process: Missing and Absconded Children. We're commenting on these programs because at CLC, we serve as guardians ad litem (GALs) for hundreds of children in foster care and represent foster parents and relatives caring for children who are in or at risk of entering the District’s child welfare system.

Comment: Domestic Violence Policy & Business Process

July 26, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared comments with the DC Child and Family Services Agency about its domestic violence policy and business process. We're sharing our comments because at CLC, we serve as guardians ad litem (GALs) for hundreds of children in foster care and represent foster parents and relatives caring for children who are in or at risk of entering the District’s child welfare system.