Louise took the findings of CLC’s Broken Adoptions Project and worked with a coalition of child advocacy organizations, child welfare stakeholders, and CLC colleagues to propose a meaningful change to amend the Social Services Law and support these vulnerable childrenso that the subsidy always benefits the child. Unfortunately, that amendment is currently in a holding pattern, as a result of COVID-19. But that doesn’t deter Louise for she’s been known to push boulders up hills.
Child advocates are uniquely positioned to see first-hand the impact on children of decisions made by courts and elected officials on behalf of children and the impact of those decisions first-hand, and as well as the consequences of child welfare policies and family law practices, unintended or otherwise. Louise acknowledges that the work of an attorney that represents children is often misunderstood. But the CLC team will continue to do their part to give children a strong and effective voice in legal proceedings that have critical impacts on their lives.