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2016 Realignment Report Released

The California Department of Social Services recently released its fourth annual report to the legislature on the impact of 2011 realignment on the child welfare system. Before the 2011 realignment, the state and counties shared the non-federal costs of child welfare, foster care and mental health programs. Now, counties are responsible for paying 100% of…

Chapin Hall Releases New Report on Extended Foster Care

The California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTHS) is underway to evaluate the impact of California’s approach to extended foster care.  California was among the first states to take up the option of extending foster care until 21, passing the California Fostering Connections to Success Act in 2010.  California’s approach to extended foster care has…

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,…