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Alliance Calls for Extended Support for Caregivers

On October 24, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard a motion brought by supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl asking DCFS to report back within 60 days about the feasibility of extending gap funding to relative caregivers (and non-relative extended family caregivers) pending resource family approval. The motion also requests an assessment of…

Announcing the Advocacy Academy

If we want to truly understand how to improve foster care, we have to hear from young people and caregivers who have firsthand experience. “I want to put humanity back into the way the system works,” says Shari Walker, who was in foster care during her teenage years. She recounts how she felt physically protected…

From Our CEO: Recent Testimony Regarding LA County Motion on Self-Sufficiency

The following testimony was shared at the August 22 Board of Supervisors meeting by CEO Janis Spire in support of a board motion calling for “culture change countywide to integrate support for self-sufficiency of foster youth throughout all county services.” My name is Janis Spire, CEO of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Thank you for…

Alliance Appoints New CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES, CA, July 5, 2017—-The Alliance for Children’s Rights today announced that Laurie Rubiner, J.D., will be the next Chief Executive Officer for the organization. Rubiner is Chief of Staff for Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and previously served as Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for Planned Parenthood and…

Community Voices: Janis Spire

Recently, Los Angeles DCFS announced the search for a new director. We have asked some of our leading child welfare advocates to share their thoughts about the priorities and qualities they hope will factor into the hiring process. This week, we feature our executive director and CEO, Janis Spire. These are her words: I hope…

Community Voices: Angie Schwartz

Recently, Los Angeles DCFS announced the search for a new director. We have asked some of our leading child welfare advocates to share their thoughts about the priorities and qualities they hope will factor into the hiring process. This week, we feature our policy director, Angie Schwartz. These are her words: The director of the…

Thank you for making our 25th a huge success!

The Beverly Hilton was packed for our spring gala, with nearly 1,000 supporters and friends of the Alliance for Children’s Rights who joined to celebrate our 25th anniversary, Champion for Children Honoree and Alliance CEO Janis Spire, and Francis M. Wheat honoree, Austin Beutner. It was truly an outpouring of love, generosity and emotion that…