Effects of Attorney Funding on Representation Quality for Children and Parents

The Walter S. Johnson Foundation funded the Center to assess the impact of funding changes on legal representation quality in California child welfare cases. 

Effects of Funding Changes on Legal Representation Quality in California Dependency Cases: An Assessment

This assessment looks at the impact of funding changes on quality legal representation in California child welfare cases between 2014-2018. It shares three key findings states and counties can look to when evaluating options for investing in high-quality legal representation. It also recommends how policymakers can improve child and family outcomes by investing in high-quality representation.

Executive Summary

This summary provides a brief overview of the California assessment and its findings and significance for the legal community.