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Governor Signs Bill Providing Relief for Families Who Accept Placement Prior to Resource Family Approval

On March 13, Governor Brown signed AB 110, which includes an immediate solution to funding relatives and non-related extended family members who accept placement of a child prior to being approved as a resource family. The bill provides short-term funding through June 30th, 2018, the end of the current fiscal year. The Alliance for Children’s Rights, one of several…

Caregiver Rally at the State Capitol

Update: For a full recap of caregiver day go here. On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 8:30 am more than 60 families will assemble at the state capitol to highlight bureaucratic delays and inefficiencies that are making it difficult to provide loving, permanent homes for children who enter foster care. Their hope is to inspire…

New Tool For College Students in Foster Care

By Kandice Lake I am a college student in extended foster care, working here at the Alliance during my winter break. As the Alliance sets its priorities for 2018, I was invited to share my thoughts and advice. This past year, I had the opportunity to join a legislative visit to the state capital. We met…

A Letter from our Co-Chairs on the Passing of Jamie Lichtman

Dear Alliance Community: Our dear friend and fellow board member, Jamie Lichtman, passed away unexpectedly this weekend. This news is shocking to his family, and all of his friends and colleagues. Jamie was an outstanding human being and lawyer. In his role as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at NBC Universal, he was extremely…

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…

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…