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

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 provides short-term funding through June 30th, 2018, the end of the current fiscal year. The Alliance for Children’s Rights, one of several…

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…

Continuum of Care Reform: Implementation Sandbox

California’s Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) took effect this year, restructuring our foster care system to reduce reliance on congregate care and prioritize placements in committed family homes.  Implementation of this ambitious reform is raising a number of questions as we charter new territory. Our Continuum of Care Reform: Implementation Sandbox is a new series that…

Community Voices: Janis Spire

Recently, Los Angeles DCFS announced the search for a new director. We have asked some of our leading child welfare advocates to share their thoughts about the priorities and qualities they hope will factor into the hiring process. This week, we feature our executive director and CEO, Janis Spire. These are her words: I hope…

Full Equity for Relatives Achieved At Long Last

Last June, we were very excited to see that Governor Brown approved a new rate system for foster care families that allowed grandparents and relatives access to the same support that non-relative foster parents had. Upon closer review we found that this new rate system had not accounted for parenting foster youth or foster youth…

Community Voices: Angie Schwartz

Recently, Los Angeles DCFS announced the search for a new director. We have asked some of our leading child welfare advocates to share their thoughts about the priorities and qualities they hope will factor into the hiring process. This week, we feature our policy director, Angie Schwartz. These are her words: The director of the…

Resource Family Approval Toolkit

We have designed this toolkit to help caregivers, including relatives, navigate the newly implemented Resource Family Approval (RFA) process required of anyone wishing to provide a home for a child in the foster care system. RFA, which took effect January 1, 2017, is part of the statewide Continuum of Care Reform intended to ensure that…