Philly’s humanitarian crisis: Too many kids in foster care

As a legal aid attorney for the last 20 years in Philadelphia, I have witnessed this firsthand. I have seen countless parents forced to wait months to have any contact with their child.

Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

Susan Pearlstein
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 5, 2018

Tags: Foster Youth

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Legal Assistance


In Philadelphia, about 85 percent of parents and caregivers in these cases must represent themselves, an extremely daunting task for anyone, especially those who are impoverished or survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Civil legal aid is available for some, but a dire lack of resources and funding means only a small fraction of those in need receive representation.