Monday, March 9, 2009

Agreement to help Mexican minors in Children's Court




March 9, 2009



Children’s Court to sign partnership with Mexican Consulate and DCFS



What: Children’s Court to sign a Protocol of Cooperation with the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to foster and enhance the institutional relationship to better serve cases of Mexican minors with pending proceedings in the Court. The date will also mark the grand opening of a consulate help desk at the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Courthouse and highlight the parenting class collaboration with DCFS.


When: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.


Where: Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court

     201 Centre Plaza Drive, 2nd floor Terrace

     Monterey Park, CA 91754


Who: Children’s Court Presiding Judge Michael Nash

          Consul General of Mexico Juan Marcos Gutiérrez González

           L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services Director Patricia S. Ploehn



Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court’s presiding judge Michael Nash will announce at a news conference next Wednesday the renewal of the Protocol of Cooperation between the Court, Consulate General of Mexico and Department of Children and Family Services.

As part of the agreement, the Mexican Consulate will have an office with a Help Desk at the Children’s Court. Initially, a consular official will staff the help desk one day a week to provide assistance to Mexican families that need to use the Court system.

This initiative will foster the relationship between the participants to better educate the Hispanic community about family matters, regardless of migratory status. The goal is to work together to secure the best interest of the children in the county and to facilitate the reunification of Mexican families. Spanish speaking spokespeople will also be available.


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