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Community Voices: Shari Walker

This month we are featuring a range of voices from our community of outstanding young leaders who have experienced foster care firsthand. Recently, DCFS announced the search for a new director, and our young leaders have offered their thoughts on the qualities and concerns that they hope will factor into the hiring process. Shari Walker…

Community Voices: Thomisha Rader

This month, we are featuring a range of voices from our community of outstanding young leaders who have experienced foster care firsthand. Recently, DCFS announced the search for a new director, and our young leaders have offered their thoughts on the qualities and concerns that they hope will factor into the hiring process. Thomisha Rader…

Saltz Center Champions Toddler with FAS

Laura Sander cries when she recalls how frustrated she was when she was searching for therapeutic services for her adopted son, William, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Laura, a 7th grade teacher who grew up in Argentina and settled in a suburb southeast of Los Angeles, had always dreamed of adopting a child.…

Resource Family Approval Toolkit

The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Step Up Coalition, and a wide range of state and local partners is pleased to share our Resource Family Approval Toolkit. We have designed this toolkit to help walk caregivers through the newly implemented Resource Family Approval process. RFA, which took effect January 1, 2017, creates one uniform approval…

A Day In The Life – One Advocate Makes a Big Difference

Bonita Unified School District is setting the standard for supporting students in foster care with an innovative approach they began piloting in partnership with the Alliance two years ago. Leveraging special state funding, known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds, and our Education Toolkit, they created two dedicated foster care liaisons to help drive…

2016 National Adoption Day in Los Angeles

The adoptions of more than 230 children from foster care were finalized as part of National Adoption Day at Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park on Friday. A round-up of local news stories on National Adoption Day here in Los Angeles: CBS | It’s National Adoption Day And Locals Celebrate By Giving 230…

Education Trainings

Trainings allow us to dive deeper into the sections of the Foster Youth Education Toolkit and are designed for all school personnel who work with foster youth. In each subject area, participants will learn applicable laws, best practices and how to use (or modify) the provided tools to meet the education needs of foster youth in…

New State Numbers Reveal Education Inequity for Foster Youth

Today, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction released new data that sheds light on the crisis for students in foster care: based on academic testing in the 2014/15 school year, 87% of foster youth statewide failed to meet Mathematics standards, compared to 67% of students in general, and over 80% failed to meet English…