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Resource Family Approval Toolkit

We have designed this toolkit to help caregivers, including relatives, navigate the newly implemented Resource Family Approval (RFA) process required of anyone wishing to provide a home for a child in the foster care system. RFA, which took effect January 1, 2017, is part of the statewide Continuum of Care Reform intended to ensure that…

Latham & Watkins Secures Education Support for Family

Caroline Ryon is an associate in the Entertainment, Sports and Media group at Latham & Watkins, and she comes from a family of teachers, so representing the educational needs of three adopted siblings was a unique opportunity to draw on her legal training and her passion for education. As one of our pro bono volunteers,…

A Day In The Life – One Advocate Makes a Big Difference

Bonita Unified School District is setting the standard for supporting students in foster care with an innovative approach they began piloting in partnership with the Alliance two years ago. Leveraging special state funding, known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds, and our Education Toolkit, they created two dedicated foster care liaisons to help drive…

2016 National Adoption Day in Los Angeles

The adoptions of more than 230 children from foster care were finalized as part of National Adoption Day at Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park on Friday. A round-up of local news stories on National Adoption Day here in Los Angeles: CBS | It’s National Adoption Day And Locals Celebrate By Giving 230…

New State Numbers Reveal Education Inequity for Foster Youth

Today, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction released new data that sheds light on the crisis for students in foster care: based on academic testing in the 2014/15 school year, 87% of foster youth statewide failed to meet Mathematics standards, compared to 67% of students in general, and over 80% failed to meet English…

Webinars

For announcements on upcoming webinars, sign up for policy alerts here. Past Policy Webinars January 2018 Resource Family Approval and Level of Care This webinar covers delays, barriers, and challenges that have emerged since Continuum of Care Reform implementation began in January 2017. In addition, an expert panel highlights challenges with the new Resource Family Approval…