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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.…

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…

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…

Ready for College: A Mentor Makes All the Difference

“Without Mo Williams, I wouldn’t be attending college,” says Alex Torres, who is pursuing a degree in nursing at Mount San Antonio College this fall. Mo is one of two foster youth counselors in Bonita High School, part of a joint effort between the Alliance and Bonita Unified to better support students in foster care.…

California School Board Association Spotlight

The California School Board Association highlights an innovative partnership between the Bonita Unified School District and the Alliance for Children’s Rights to meet the needs of students in foster care. Ninety-five percent of Bonita Unified students graduate high school, but even in high performing districts like this one, students in foster care continue to struggle…

Alliance Participates in Statewide and Regional Foster Youth Education Summits

This past month, the Alliance participated in two important conferences which brought together educators, social workers, advocates and youth to share best practices for improving the education outcomes of children and youth in foster care. The 2016 California Foster Youth Education Summit took place on April 11th and 12th in Sacramento. This year’s summit, put…

The 100,000 Opportunities Initative

The Alliance was proud to participate in the Los Angeles 100,000 Opportunities Initiative on February 11th, 2016. Hiring managers from more than 30 companies, including, Chipotle, HMS Host, Lyft, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, TOMS, and more, met with thousands of young people in an effort to connect Los Angeles…

Alliance Staff, Summer Conferences 2015

We are thrilled that Alliance staff will be presenting at conferences this summer, including the San Diego Foster Care Education Summit, the ABA’s National Conference on Children and the Law and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference. We look forward to sharing our experiences and expertise and learning best practices from…

Vulnerable Young Children will Now Receive Uninterrupted Services

Four-year-old Jessica lives with her grandmother in the Antelope Valley, where the highest percentages of 0-5 year olds in foster care reside, and the fewest resources are available. Jessica has cerebral palsy and significant communication and social-emotional issues resulting from prenatal exposure to drugs and neglect as an infant. She was placed in a non-relative…