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Affordable Care Act Expands Coverage for Former Foster Youth

On June 27, in response to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), Governor Brown signed SBx1 1 and AB 82, two significant pieces of legislation for California former foster youth. SBx1 1 extended Medi-Cal to former foster youth until age 26 and AB 82 implemented the Medi-Cal extension early for a limited population of former…

CA Budget Gives Schools Money for Foster Youth

On June 13, 2013, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 91, a trailer bill for California’s 2013-14 budget.  SB 91 preserved California’s Foster Youth Services (FYS) program at the current funding level of $15 million.  These funds will allow FYS to ensure that county offices of education continue to coordinate educational services and supports for…

SSI Creates a Stronger Foundation for More Foster Youth

A new Policy Brief by the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center and First Focus promotes California’s model of screening and assessing foster youth for SSI eligibility in order to ensure that foster youth with disabilities emancipate with the supports they need to make a successful transition to adulthood. The Alliance for Children’s Rights was…

The High Cost of Caring: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A new report details the harsh financial realities facing grandparents raising their grandchildren. At the Alliance, a majority of our clients are relative caregivers and we see first-hand the extreme hardships kin face in stepping up to care for children in—or at risk of entering—foster care. More than 300,000 grandparents in California are raising their…

Changing Policies to Better Support Foster Youth and Their Caregivers

Many children in foster care face serious developmental delays and disabilities as a result of abuse, neglect and prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol. California’s Regional Centers provide specialized services and supports to improve and overcome these conditions. However, under existing law, there are no requirements to transfer these services if a child moves, which…