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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…

Webinars

For announcements on upcoming webinars, sign up for policy alerts here. Past Policy Webinars November 2017 Emergency Child Care Bridge Program: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Make Sure Your County Doesn’t Miss Out Counties have an exciting opportunity to address a pervasive problem with foster parent recruitment and retention through the recent adoption…