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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…

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…

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…