CAI Issues Joint Release on Federal Lawmakers Demand of SSA Commissioner to Stop States from Taking Youth … – University of San Diego Website

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024TOPICS: Politics and Law

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SAN DIEGO (March 25, 2024) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) has issued a joint press release with the Center for the Rights of Abused Children on federal lawmakers demand of Social Security Commissioner O’Malley to stop states from taking federal benefits from children in foster care.

A bipartisan coalition of federal lawmakers on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee called on Social Security Administration Commissioner Martin O’Malley to hold states accountable and ensure that the benefits of approximately 40,000 to 80,000 of our nation’s most vulnerable foster youth are used in the child’s, rather than in the States’, best interest. In response, Commissioner O’Malley committed to taking swift action.

To read the full statement click here.

To learn more about CAI’s work to preserve foster youth benefits, please visit our website.

About the Children’s Advocacy Institute

The Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI), founded at the nonprofit University of San Diego School of Law in 1989, is one of the nation’s premiere academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of children and youth, with special emphasis on improving the child protection and foster care systems and enhancing resources that are available to youth aging out of foster care.

In its academic component, CAI trains law students and attorneys to be effective child advocates throughout their legal careers. Its Child Advocacy Clinic gives USD Law students three distinct clinical opportunities to advocate on behalf of children and youth, and its Dependency Counsel Training Program provides comprehensive training to licensed attorneys engaged in or contemplating Dependency Court practice.

CAI’s research and advocacy component, conducted through its offices in San Diego, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C., seeks to leverage change for children and youth through impact litigation, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and public education. Active primarily at the federal and state levels, CAI’s efforts are multi-faceted—comprehensively and successfully embracing all tools of public interest advocacy to improve the lives of children and youth. To support CAI’s work, please visit

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 30th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 41st nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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