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

We prepared this letter for caregivers to understand whether they are eligible for this critical relief and what they can expect.  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…

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…

2017 Alliance Voice Summer Newsletter is Out

The latest edition of the Alliance Voice is now out! Find out about our Advocacy Academy, hear what we are doing around access to higher education for young adults aging out of foster care, meet one of our valued pro bono partners, and see pics from our spring gala! Alliance Voice Summer 2017 Download PDF

Get That Job Toolkit

The Get That Job and Keep It Toolkit is meant to assist youth and their job coaches in the journey toward finding and maintaining a job. You’ll find helpful explanations, worksheets and links throughout the guide. This guide is best used in conjunction with a Google account and a supportive adult mentor that can serve as a…