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It’s Tax Season: Los Angeles foster parents and relative caregivers can obtain their foster child’s social security number for tax purposes. Here’s how.

Read LA County DCFS Policy regarding social security numbers for caregivers by clicking on the headline and then following the links here. Or you may cut and paste the following link in a web browser http://dcfs.lacounty.gov/Policy/FYI/2018/004211_SSNtocaregivers.pdf. If you are caring for a Los Angeles County foster child and encounter difficulty obtaining the child’s social security number, […]

Camp Clio – A Seriously Fun Place for Adopted Kids – Registration Open

Camp Clio 2019 will be held August 4-17 at YMCA’s Camp Jewell in Colebrook, CT. Registration is now open! “Why was my family created differently?” Adopted children, whether adopted internationally, domestically, or through foster care, share this same basic question. Though each child’s story is different, many of them face questions like “Who is your real […]

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About Deborah Dentler

Ms. Dentler holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history, and a law degree from UCLA. She specializes in juvenile dependency cases in California’s appellate courts (where she typically represents biological parents and foster children). An adoptive parent herself, she is often consulted by foster parents seeking information about court procedures. She has substantial experience in legislative drafting, legislative advocacy, organizational consulting and grant writing. She is a frequent presenter and guest lecturer on the subject of foster parent rights and juvenile court laws and procedures.You can find out more about her here and here.