Public Counsel Publishes 'One-Stop' Guide for Non-Parent Caregivers

Jun 25, 2010, 18:06 ET from Public Counsel

Comprehensive resource demystifies the often confusing legal system that governs non-parent caregivers and highlights resources, benefits and information to help kids and families

LOS ANGELES, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono public interest law firm, announced today the release of "Caring for Another Person's Child: A Guide for Non-Parent Caregivers in Los Angeles County."  The 62-page guide addresses a broad range of legal topics for non-parent caregivers ranging from custodial options (such as informal custody, foster care, probate guardianship and adoption) to the community services and financial benefits available to non-parent caregivers. 

"This guide is designed to be a 'one-stop' resource for caregivers who often find themselves at a loss when it comes to obtaining legal custody papers and other necessary services for the children in their care," said Leslie Parrish, Senior Attorney with Public Counsel.  Ms. Parrish took the lead in redrafting the guide, an update of a 2002 publication published jointly with Bet Tzedek Legal Services.  Bet Tzedek and the Alliance for Children's Rights provided valuable contributions to the updated version.

The new handbook is both detailed and user-friendly.  The guide includes a glossary of terms and resources for all caregivers, a services directory and sample forms. The guide additionally contains practical information about government programs and community services providing health care, food, educational programs, and housing for children.  

"This is a wonderfully crafted document and is certain to benefit many relative and guardian caregivers.  I look forward to sharing it with the many caregivers and supportive service partners that my staff and I come in contact with," said Michael Gray, Kinship Support and Education Division Chief of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.   

"This is the kind of manual we've hoped someone would create for years.  Thank you Public Counsel for demystifying an often confusing system and providing access to resources, benefits and information that will help us better serve youth," said Polly Williams, President of United Friends of the Children.

"Caring for Another Person's Child" is available free of charge on Public Counsel's website:

SOURCE Public Counsel