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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…

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…

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.…

Alliance Presence in STAR Court Achieves Education Outcomes for Survivors of Trafficking

Five years ago, Los Angeles implemented the Succeeding Through Achievement and Resilience Court, better known as STAR Court, to provide intervention and support to young victims and survivors of human trafficking. Established by Judges Pratt and Groman in partnership with LA County Department of Probation, the specialized juvenile delinquency court supports girls who are charged…