I am indebted to my colleagues in the child advocacy movement—the members of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Voices for America's Children, First Star, the Children's Defense Fund, the Child Welfare League, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Foundation of America—Youth in Action, the Maternal and Child Health Access Project, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Children Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Hospitals, teachers, social workers, child care providers, and the many other advocates who attempt to advance the interests of children. Those advocates include many attorneys from the heroic efforts of the Castano lawyers to protect children from tobacco, to the juvenile courts and legal aid attorneys who work one on one to help children day after day. They are joined by important foundations, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, the ConAgra Foundation, the Rosenberg Foundation, the Sierra Health Foundation, the Leon Strauss Foundation, the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, the Mattel Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the large number of anonymous givers who care about children and contribute for their effective representation.
I am grateful for the review and comments on early drafts of this work by Deborah Stein of the National Association of Child Advocates and by Nancy Fellmeth of Families for Early Autism Treatment. I am also grateful for the help and assistance from Public Citizen and other public interest advocates throughout the nation from Ralph Nader to Scott Harshbarger, Joshua Rosenkranz, and Charles Lewis—whose assistance in the first chapter of this work has been invaluable. In addition, Deans Daniel B. Rodriguez and Kevin Cole, the faculty of the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, USD Presidents Alice Hayes and Mary Lyons, and USD Provosts Frank Lazarus and Julie Sullivan have been important supporters of our work over the years.
I am grateful for the editorial and research assistance of Elisa Weichel, Administrative Director of the Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI). Also, this book would have been impossible without the intellectual contribution and dedicated support of Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth, Administrative Director of CAI's parent organization, the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL). Further, I am indebted to all of the other current and prior staff of CAI and CPIL, including Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, Steve Barrow, June Brashares, Collette Cavalier, Lillian Clark, Terry Coble, Leanne Cotham, Margaret Dalton, Cindy Dana, Kathryn Dresslar, Gene Erbin, Cheryl Forbes, Barry Fraser, Beth Givens, John Hardesty, Inez Hope, Jim Jacobson, Louise Jones, Sharon Kalemkiarian, Lynn Kersey, Joy Kolender, Christine Harbs Mailloux, Kathleen Murphy Mallinger, Marissa Martinez, Mark McWilliams, Claudia Terrazas Mellon, Betty Mulroy Mohr, Debra Back Marley, Rusty Nichols, Carl Oshiro, Kim Parks, Kathleen Quinn, Stephanie Reighley, Randy Reiter, Christina Riehl, Diana Roberts, Alecia Sanchez, Kathy Self, Kate Turnbull, Jim Wheaton, and Ellen Widess. And I thank Christine Basic, Hanna Gibson, Jessica Heldman, Catherine Learned, Molly Selway, and Melissa Stewart for their proofing, comments, and cite checks.
I am thankful for the enduring support of some of our leading child advocates in their service on CAI's Council for Children. These leaders in pediatrics, education, social work, business, and law serve without compensation and spend many hours helping to guide the Children's Advocacy Institute. They currently include Robert Black, M.D., John Goldenring, M.D., M.P.H., Louise Horvitz, M.S.W., Psy.D., the Hon. Leon Kaplan, James McKenna, Tom Papageorge, Gary Redenbacher, Gary Richwald, M.D., M.P.H., Blair Sadler, Gloria Perez Samson, Alan Shumacher, M.D., FA.A.P., and Owen Smith, as well as emeritusmembers Paul A. Peterson and Birt Harvey, M.D. Past members of and/or special consultants to the Council have included Frank Alessio, Nancy Daly, Martin Fern, Robert Frandzel, Theodore Hurwitz, Ralph Jonas, Quynh Kieu, Harvey Levine, Mary O'Connor, the Hon. Robert Presley, and W. Willard Wirtz.
Finally, the spiritual underpinning for this book and for our child advocacy comes from our longstanding mentors, Sol and Helen Price.