CLC Testimony and Comments

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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.

Comment: Proposed Regulations and Policies on Grading, Student Promotion, Graduation Requirements, and Attendance and Truancy

July 23, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared comments with DC Public Schools about its proposed regulations and policies on grading, student promotions, graduation requirements, attendance and truancy. We submitted our comments because DCPS’s proposed policies and regulations deeply affect the futures of the students we advocate for. We strongly agree with DCPS’s decision to remove the automatic grade reductions and automatic failures for 10 or 15 days of absence.

Comment: Proposed Changes to the Office of Dispute Resolution Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOP)

July 23, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared comments with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education about the proposed changes to the Office of Dispute Resolution Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOP). We're sharing our comments because many of the children we represent attend public schools in the District, and special education advocacy is a main area of practice for our attorneys. Here, we've included our suggested changes and clarifications, along with a redline document. Read the full comments below.

Comment: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking about Special Education

July 23, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared comments with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education about the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking about Special Education. We shared our comments because we represent children in DC’s foster care system and have particular knowledge of the complexities of serving their needs in special education. Read our recommended revisions and clarifications to the notice below.

Comment: Proposed New Credit Recovery Policy

July 23, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared comments with the DC Public Charter School Board about the Proposed New Credit Recovery Policy. We're sharing our comments because many of the children we represent attend DC public charter schools. Many have disabilities that impact their education and many are in foster care. Our comments are based on our experience representing these children and families. Read the full comments below.

Testimony: Slumlord Deterrence Amendment Act of 2017, Housing Rehabilitation Incentives Regulation Amendment Act of 2017, Housing Code Enforcement Integrity Amendment Act of 2017

July 3, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney Anne Cunningham recently testified about three housing bills: the Slumlord Deterrence Amendment Act of 2017, Housing Rehabilitation Incentives Regulation Amendment Act of 2017 and Housing Code Enforcement Integrity Amendment Act of 2017. These bills aim to improve tenant-related facets of DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Testimony: Foster Parent Pre-Service Training Regulations Amendment Act of 2017

June 28, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow Mackenzie Becker recently testified in support of the Foster Parent Pre-Service Training Regulations Amendment Act of 2017. The legislation will solidify the District’s commitment to improving the lives and experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care.

Testimony: Short-Term Family Housing Construction Progress

June 25, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney Kathy Zeisel recently testified at a Roundtable on Short-Term Family Housing Construction Progress. The roundtable focused on DC General closing and the short-term housing options that are meant to serve as replacement shelters for DC families. The Children's Law Center team is concerned about the reports that the agencies in charge of the construction knew about delays building these replacement shelters and did not accurately represent this to the public or the families who live there.