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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…

Budget Request for Child Care for Foster Children Moves Forward

At this moment, members of the Legislature’s Conference Committee are meeting to decide which proposals to include in the 2016-2017 state budget. One of the proposals under consideration is the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children, which would allocate $22 million annually to provide time-limited child care vouchers to foster children. The request…

A New Partnership with Television Academy Foundation Announced

“All of us at the Television Academy are truly grateful for the extraordinary generosity of Dick and Noelle Wolf,” said Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “Dick’s amazing history of creative excellence and the Wolfs’ strong philanthropic spirit are unparalleled. It makes us proud to know that programs presented in our Wolf Theatre will be…

Alliance Participates in Statewide and Regional Foster Youth Education Summits

This past month, the Alliance participated in two important conferences which brought together educators, social workers, advocates and youth to share best practices for improving the education outcomes of children and youth in foster care. The 2016 California Foster Youth Education Summit took place on April 11th and 12th in Sacramento. This year’s summit, put…

Governor Brown’s May Revised Budget Proposes Home-Based Family Care Rate for ALL Families – Including Kin!

On May 13, 2016, Governor Brown released his updated budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The proposal calls for the creation of a four-tiered Home-Based Family Care rate that is based on the child’s level-of-care. This new home-based family care rate will replace the existing rate structure for out-of-home placements, which provides a basic rate…

Alliance of Moms LIKE A MOTHER T-shirts Go Viral

The Alliance of Moms, an auxiliary group of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, launched a Mother’s Day t-shirt campaign in partnership with Omaze, which raised thousands of dollars, and was featured in In-Style magazine. Several celebrity supporters including Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn, Selma Blair, Jaime King, David Lynch, and Dax Shepherd wore the “LIKE A…

Pregnancy Prevention Institute Adopts L.A. Model for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

The Alliance and Public Counsel developed a successful intervention to give parenting foster youth access to the resources and services needed to parent successfully and stay on track for healthy independence. The Pregnant and Parenting Teen Conference model, created with the L.A. Department of Children and Family Services and Children’s Law Center, was recently adopted…