More than a mistake, more than the stigma.

More behind the broken glass, my reflection in the mirror.

More than all the pain, more than all the trauma,

More than just a person that is lacking without a mama.

More than just an orphan, more than just a foster,

More than any r...

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”  - Maya Angelou

A cordial welcome to everyone who has taken a moment to read the first blog post of Children’s Legal Services of San Diego (CLSSD) for transiti...

What’s up y’all and welcome to Children’s Legal Services’  Foster STRONG blog for youth who are experiencing foster care. 

My name is Tasha Matthews and I am the Peer Advocate at Children’s Legal Services of San Diego.  I wanted to introduce this blog and...

For the first time, states can now claim federal matching funds through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to help pay the costs of attorneys representing certain children and their parents in child welfare legal proceedings.[1] Before this change, federal matching...

February 1, 2019

When H.C. was 18 years old, while living in a foster home, she opted to be declared a non-minor dependent and participate in the Extended Foster Care program (“EFC”).  She qualified for EFC status because she was in school full-time.  Thereafter, H.C. received monthly...

December 18, 2018

From the Children's Legal Services of San Diego team

As the holidays draw near, our trees are trimmed, our calendars are filled with get-togethers and we begin to check gifts off our list. This time of year is filled with joy for so many of us -- and there are also many...

November 21, 2018

Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY, a global day dedicated to giving, celebrating kindness and giving back. Today, your impact can count more than ever!

Every dollar you donate will directly help CLSSD provide our tween-aged clients with essential items they need and deserve. On a...

November 5, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of St. Germaine Children's Charity grant, Children’s Legal Services of San Diego was able to fund a new position to support our more than 300 Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) clients and attract a greater number of our 200+ teenage clients to opt-in t...

Fighting for foster youth to live with their siblings has never been more important. The Continuum of Care Reform and Resource Family Approval laws passed in 2017 have increased the requirements for relatives to clear as placement options at the very beginning of the c...

December 19, 2017

On October 31, 2017 Kristin Garrett Montgomery joined Children’s Legal Services of San Diego (CLSSD) as the Chief Operating Officer. Kristin has spent the past 20 years working to improve the health of San Diego’s most vulnerable populations. In her new venture, Garret...

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