Month: January 2014

California Focuses on Reducing Child Poverty

Budget cuts in the past few years have poked serious holes in our state’s safety net programs supporting foster children. But, after years of cuts, California is now recovering from the recession and looks forward to a surplus in the coming year. Recognizing the need to balance both ensure stability and expand opportunities, the Assembly Democratic Caucus …

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New Tool to Help Foster Youth Graduate on Time

Educators and school districts that are working to serve foster youth have a new tool available to them.  A new resource, California’s Partial Credit Model Policy:  An Implementation Manual for School Districts and Child Welfare Agencies, has recently been released and provides comprehensive information to ensure foster youth are awarded credit for all work completed …

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Lack of Funding for Post-Reunification Services Could Reduce Permanency

In October 2013, The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) released Reunification of Foster Children with their Families: The First Permanency Outcome, a brief examining the outcomes of children who exit foster care to reunification along with recommendations on improving these outcomes. According to national data from the annual Child Welfare Outcomes Report, many …

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Advocates Release Plan to Help School Districts Improve Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

This week Coalition for Educational Equity for Foster Youth released a Sample Local Control Accountability Plan for Foster Youth, an important tool for school districts in ensuring that California’s new school funding and accountability system lives up to its promise to end the achievement gap for foster youth. Under the new system, known as the …

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