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Bill Seeks to Minimize Delays in Therapies for Disabled Children

The Alliance continues to work to pass legislation that will minimize delays in critical therapies for foster youth with disabilities. Assembly Bill 1089 (Calderon) – Improving the Regional Center Transfer Process for Foster Youth bill seeks to ensure that foster children do not lose vital regional center services when they move from one home to…

The Launch of a New Campaign and Website

The Alliance is thrilled to announce the launch of a new campaign and website called Step Up: Supporting Caregivers, Protecting Children. The Step Up campaign and website (www.stepupforkin.org) seek to raise awareness about the needs of foster youth who are placed with a relative. The website is a hub of information on relative foster care…

LAUSD and District’s Around the State Unveil Draft Plans that Focus on Foster Youth

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s newly unveiled draft Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) demonstrates the promise of California’s new school funding scheme – the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) – for foster youth.  The draft plan includes nearly $10 million in new services for foster youth and the hiring of nearly 100 new counselors…

Governor Signs ACR-Sponsored Legislation

On September 23, 2013, Governor Brown signed SB 528, a measure supporting pregnant and parenting teens, into law. The bill, which was co-sponsored by the Alliance, ensures that complete and accurate data on parenting minor and nonminor dependents is collected, as well as authorizing child welfare agencies to connect these parents with social workers or…

Alliance Op-Ed in LA Times

On Tuesday, September 3, the Los Angeles Times published ‘Families who foster deserve parity’ by Alliance CEO Janis Spire. The piece highlights the inequity of financial support for relatives caring for foster children. Reach the piece on latimes.com or below. Families who foster deserve parity Relatives who care for a child deserve the same benefits…

Take Action to Ensure Foster Youth in Guardianship are Supported to 21

Help ensure that AB 985 passes out of the Senate Appropriations Committee! AB 985 creates equity between relatives and non-relatives by allowing all children who exit foster care to guardianship to receive benefits until age 21, regardless of the youth’s age when the guardianship was established. Under existing law, non-relative guardians receive support until the…