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D.C. Child Welfare Chief Drops Lawsuit

"It is an extraordinary remedy for a judge to order the head of any agency into court," said James Marsh, president of The Children's Law Center. "I think it was based on an act of desperation and the reality of the Brianna case."

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Judges Describe Agonizing Decisions

"The judges don't have crystal balls. It's just like a computer: garbage in, garbage out," said James Marsh, president of the Children's Law Center, who went on to give one reason that cases require close monitoring. "A lot of times, there are other people living in the house, and there are people coming and going," Marsh said. "The family is in one house one day, and they could be in another house the next day. It's difficult for social workers who have 40 or 50 cases to get out there and visit the home."

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Quote of the Day

"The judges don't have crystal balls. It's just like a computer: garbage in, garbage out." -- James Marsh, president of the Children's Law Center, explaining that decisions in child abuse cases often suffer because the social workers who advise judges are overworked or are insufficiently trained.

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Background and commentary on the state of the nation’s foster care system


Background and commentary on the threat of 100 foster parents of District of Columbia children to return them because the District’s child welfare system was several months and millions of dollars behind in payments to day-care providers


Commentary on child killer Marie Noe