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Yennifer’s Story

I remember that my mom would tell me to be better than her and to do the things that she wasn’t able to do. I didn’t want my daughter to ever be in the foster care system the way I was. -Yennifer The Alliance advocates for foster youth who are pregnant or parenting. We help…

Omar’s Adoption Story

“Knowing that you have a place to go, someone to hug, someone to check up on you – it is a great feeling.” -Omar V. on being adopted at the age of 19 The Alliance finalizes one-third of all adoptions out of foster care in Los Angeles County for young people who often have waited…

What I Witnessed at Casa Padre Detention Center

Juan Guzman traveled to Brownsville, Texas, on July 13th to gather declarations from children in detention at Casa Padre. These are his words: I arrived in Brownsville as part of a team made up of 25 attorneys, five interpreters, and a small team of medical experts. Our purpose was to interview boys being held at…

Governor Signs Bill Providing Relief for Families Who Accept Placement Prior to Resource Family Approval

We prepared this letter for caregivers to understand whether they are eligible for this critical relief and what they can expect.  On March 13, Governor Brown signed AB 110, which includes an immediate solution to funding relatives and non-related extended family members who accept placement of a child prior to being approved as a resource family. The bill…

Caregiver Rally at the State Capitol

Update: For a full recap of caregiver day go here. On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 8:30 am more than 60 families will assemble at the state capitol to highlight bureaucratic delays and inefficiencies that are making it difficult to provide loving, permanent homes for children who enter foster care. Their hope is to inspire…

Alliance Calls for Extended Support for Caregivers

On October 24, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard a motion brought by supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl asking DCFS to report back within 60 days about the feasibility of extending gap funding to relative caregivers (and non-relative extended family caregivers) pending resource family approval. The motion also requests an assessment of…

From Our CEO: Recent Testimony Regarding LA County Motion on Self-Sufficiency

The following testimony was shared at the August 22 Board of Supervisors meeting by CEO Janis Spire in support of a board motion calling for “culture change countywide to integrate support for self-sufficiency of foster youth throughout all county services.” My name is Janis Spire, CEO of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Thank you for…