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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…

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…

Importance of Normalcy for Foster Youth

A critical aspect of healthy development for any youth is a sense of normalcy. The Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative recently released a report addressing this issue in more detail with input from youth. The youth define normalcy as not being singled out from other teens and not having to go through extra obstacles to…

From Juvenile Hall to Home for the Holidays

Our teen years are hard, but they are harder for children in foster care. The trauma and abandonment children experience in foster care is compounded when these youth commit crimes that results in time spent in juvenile hall – all the more reason these children need and deserve a permanent family. But until recently, that wasn’t…

10th Annual Thanksgiving Event

On November 15, we held our 10th Annual Thanksgiving for Transition-Age Youth at Community Coalition. It was a smashing success with over 50 youth in attendance. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Heirloom LA for donating their delicious food, time and heart to the event. In addition to providing a delicious Thanksgiving…

Class of 2015 Next Stop: Employment

Graduation and summer job season is here. The Alliance has packed June full of events for foster youth to beef up their job skills and experience. Graduations The month kicked off with several graduations, including 24 students from the First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy. For the past two years, our team has tracked…

A Decade of Impact on Transition-Age Youth

This year, we celebrate 10 years and 20,000 incredible youth reached through our NextStep Program for Transition-Age Youth. It all started with a vision in 2000 to make a difference in the lives of young people in their final years of foster care. Since that time, we have responded to changing needs such as laws…

Chapin Hall Discussion Paper on Foster Youth

California was at the forefront of extended foster care, passing Assembly Bill 12 in 2010, which allowed foster youth to remain in foster care until they turn 21. California’s approach to extended foster care is among the most comprehensive in the country, as policy makers strived to not only extend foster care for 3 more…