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Community Voices: Shari Walker

This month we are featuring a range of voices from our community of outstanding young leaders who have experienced foster care firsthand. Recently, DCFS announced the search for a new director, and our young leaders have offered their thoughts on the qualities and concerns that they hope will factor into the hiring process. Shari Walker…

Community Voices: Thomisha Rader

This month, we are featuring a range of voices from our community of outstanding young leaders who have experienced foster care firsthand. Recently, DCFS announced the search for a new director, and our young leaders have offered their thoughts on the qualities and concerns that they hope will factor into the hiring process. Thomisha Rader…

Saltz Center Champions Toddler with FAS

Laura Sander cries when she recalls how frustrated she was when she was searching for therapeutic services for her adopted son, William, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Laura, a 7th grade teacher who grew up in Argentina and settled in a suburb southeast of Los Angeles, had always dreamed of adopting a child.…

Thank you for making our 25th a huge success!

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

Resource Family Approval Toolkit

The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Step Up Coalition, and a wide range of state and local partners is pleased to share our Resource Family Approval Toolkit. We have designed this toolkit to help walk caregivers through the newly implemented Resource Family Approval process. RFA, which took effect January 1, 2017, creates one uniform approval…

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…