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Recent Legislation Aligns State Law With Federal Law to Protect Immigrant Youth in California

Prior to 1990, undocumented children who were under the state court’s jurisdiction due to abuse, abandonment or neglect found themselves in a precarious immigration dilemma. Upon reaching the age of majority, the court’s jurisdiction terminated and youth were left to face the world without any protections or lawful immigration status. Since 1990, many legislative steps…

Child Care for Foster Youth

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind. Significant changes included with regard to children in foster care include provisions relating to the educational needs of foster children and an early childhood education grant program. Our nation’s foster children need access to high…

Federal Legislation in the Works

There are many important child welfare bills pending in Congress this session, which we will be highlighting in the coming weeks. The bills we are focusing on this week enhance permanency and support educational outcomes of our foster youth. Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act Half of all foster children who are adopted enter families with…

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit for Foster Youth

Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. do not agree on many things. But one thing that has always found bipartisan support is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). ETIC is a federal tax credit for low to moderate income level families. The EITC is best tool that we have to fight poverty and encourage workforce…

Foster Youth Education Rights

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that is still the most far reaching education act ever passed by Congress. This bill emphasized equal access to education for all and accountability by providing benchmarks for schools to achieve. The goal was to shorten the achievement gap between children by providing…

State, Federal and Alliance Priorities Align

In June, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014-2015 California budget, which makes a significant re-investment in early education for infants and toddlers. In particular, the budget allocated $7.9 million to restore the Early Start Program to pre-2009 eligibility. This will broaden early intervention service eligibility for children with, or at risk of,  developmental delays. Now,…

Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 2 Released

A new study was released last month, finding that California’s foster youth fare worse educationally depending on where they are placed, the number of placements they’ve had, and their length of stay in foster care. The Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 2 by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd and the…

California Focuses on Reducing Child Poverty

Budget cuts in the past few years have poked serious holes in our state’s safety net programs supporting foster children. But, after years of cuts, California is now recovering from the recession and looks forward to a surplus in the coming year. Recognizing the need to balance both ensure stability and expand opportunities, the Assembly Democratic Caucus…