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Authors Will Discuss Family Court System

March 02, 1998|SYLVIA L. OLIANDE

The inner workings of the juvenile justice and family court system will be discussed at a symposium Thursday being sponsored by the Pacific Lodge Youth Services and featuring a keynote address by the authors of a book on family struggles within the legal system.

John Hubner and Jill Wolfson, authors of "Somebody Else's Children," will discuss their extensive look into the juvenile and family court system in Santa Clara County.

In their book, journalists Hubner and Wolfson documented some cases by studying court files and talking to the participants, from the children and their parents to the attorneys, caseworkers and judges.

It includes the stories of a family torn apart by claims of sexual abuse that family members say are false, and a teenage mother trying to raise her daughters in an area run by gangs.

Pacific Lodge, established in Woodland Hills in 1927, provides counseling and treatment for delinquent boys ages 13 to 18.

The symposium is one in a series of such discussions about at-risk young people.

The meeting is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., at the Pacific Lodge Boys Home, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills.

For more information, call (818) 347-1577.

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