Foster Youth, Not Broken

Judge Maria Hernandez

Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court, Superior Court of Orange County, CA

"Our children are subject to so much trauma, at no fault of their own. The public needs be aware of the complex trauma foster youth face and the behavioral problems that come with that. During my time here, I've had the opportunity to see some amazing transformations." - Judge Maria Hernandez

Judge Maria Hernandez, a Juvenile Presiding Court Judge in Orange County, CA, determines the course of action for foster youth in juvenile justice in Orange County. Here, she opens up about the realities and expectations of the foster care system today, emphasizing that foster youth are not broken children and the school-to-prison pipeline needs to be addressed.

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