12/04/2005 - No child becomes a foster child unless a judge has ordered it. No child is removed from a home unless a judge deems it necessary. And no child leaves the foster-care system until a judge decides it is time.Yet, despite their crucial role in the lives of California's 80,000 foster youth, dependency courts often lack the resources and support they need to ensure that they are making the best decisions for these children.
Santa Clara County Judge Leonard P. Edwards has gained national recognition for his 23-year career in dependency courts. He received the distinguished William H. Rehnquist Award in 2004, one of the nation's highest judicial honors, in which one state court judge is recognized each year for providing model programs for court systems throughout the nation.
Go to the full article on the San Francisco Chronicle's site-Where will our children land? Fate lies in court’s hands.