Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.)


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Welcome to the Juvenile Court Judges Corner, a website started by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.) in a continuing effort to benefit judges and other professionals working in the juvenile court. This website contains information about Judge Edwards, his publications, presentations, and videos all of which are devoted to improving outcomes for children and families who appear in juvenile and family courts.

Recent Postings in Judge Edwards’s Blog

Court Improvement: Relative Placement: The Best Answer for Our Foster Care System

New Video: Family Finding and Relative Placement for Children Entering and in Foster Care

Court Improvement: An Instructive Dependency Case Involving Reasonable Efforts

Representing Children and Parents: The Effective Use of the Reasonable Efforts Finding: Challenges Facing Attorneys

Working with Foreign Countries: Dui Hua Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Exchange in China

Court Improvement: Summary of California appellate cases dealing with Reasonable Efforts

Court Improvement: The History of “Beyond the Bench”

Op-Ed: Other Voices: Why Judge Persky should not be recalled

Court Improvement: Opinion: How Santa Clara County can improve children’s lives

News & Commentary: Trailer for Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

Court Improvement: Relative Placement: The Best Answer for Our Foster Care System


Groundbreaking Book for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

REASONABLE EFFORTS: A Judicial Perspective

“This book belongs on every juvenile court judge’s bench, in every juvenile court attorneys’s office and must be included in all child welfare agency training. Our at-risk children and their families will be the ultimate beneficiaries.”

—Michael Nash
Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Juvenile Court

book cover for Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective