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Legislative Update 2015

AB 423: Enhancements to the Approved Relative Caregiver Program AB 423 is a clean-up bill that addresses the state’s new Approved Relative Caregiver Program. AB 423 will ensure that families start receiving CalWORKs benefits immediately upon the placement of the child(ren) into their home by requiring counties to initiate the funding. This will ensure that…

Legislative Season 2015

Continuum of Care Reform: Working toward a financial support model that stabilizes placements and promotes permanency Children housed in group homes are at greater risk of high school dropout, incarceration and eventual homelessness as compared to those raised in family settings. It is estimated that 3,000 youth have resided in California’s group homes for more…

Vulnerable Young Children will Now Receive Uninterrupted Services

Four-year-old Jessica lives with her grandmother in the Antelope Valley, where the highest percentages of 0-5 year olds in foster care reside, and the fewest resources are available. Jessica has cerebral palsy and significant communication and social-emotional issues resulting from prenatal exposure to drugs and neglect as an infant. She was placed in a non-relative…

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…