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Resource Family Approval Toolkit

The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Step Up Coalition, and a wide range of state and local partners is pleased to share our Resource Family Approval Toolkit. We have designed this toolkit to help walk caregivers through the newly implemented Resource Family Approval process. RFA, which took effect January 1, 2017, creates one uniform approval…

Monthly Policy Webinars

March 2017Educational Needs of Foster Youth and Youth Experiencing Homelessness – McKinney-Vento, ESSA, and Beyond The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the National Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Tipping Point Community, and Larkin Street Youth Services hosted a webinar highlighting the voices and experiences of advocates and providers about the educational needs, legal rights, and best…

Federal Family First Act (H.R. 5456) A Step Backwards for California’s Foster Children

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) joined Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (R-OR) in introducing the Family First Act, which ostensibly allows states to utilize federal funds for preventative and supportive services while also limiting when federal funds can…

California Child Advocates for Change Releases Two Policy Briefs to Help Inform Federal Child Welfare Reforms

California Child Advocates for Change is a coalition of legal and child welfare advocacy organizations, including the Alliance for Children’s Rights, that provide direct legal services to thousands of children, youth and families each year who are affected by the foster care systems. The lived experience of at-risk children and families informs both the direct…

From Research to Practice: Study on Economic Well-Being of Kin Caregivers Helps Inform Practice and Policy Change in California

A recent study published by the University of California Berkeley School of Social Welfare surveyed the economic well-being of kin and non-kin caregivers in order to better understand the similarities and differences of these two groups of caregivers and the impacts of those characteristics on their caregiving. The study examined characteristics of kin and non-kin…

Budget Request for Child Care for Foster Children Moves Forward

At this moment, members of the Legislature’s Conference Committee are meeting to decide which proposals to include in the 2016-2017 state budget. One of the proposals under consideration is the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children, which would allocate $22 million annually to provide time-limited child care vouchers to foster children. The request…

Governor Brown’s May Revised Budget Proposes Home-Based Family Care Rate for ALL Families – Including Kin!

On May 13, 2016, Governor Brown released his updated budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The proposal calls for the creation of a four-tiered Home-Based Family Care rate that is based on the child’s level-of-care. This new home-based family care rate will replace the existing rate structure for out-of-home placements, which provides a basic rate…

Giving Families Fortitude

“Sometimes in life you come upon the realization that you are backed into a corner and may not stand to win a fight with your own resources.” -Cherie, loving caregiver to her granddaughter This perfectly captures a sentiment shared by many of our clients, especially grandparents and other relative caregivers. Imagine being retired and taking…