Month: September 2016

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 …

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PRO BONO SPOTLIGHT: McDermott, Will & Emery LLP Advocates for Infants Needs

“She (Terese) was encouraging and so capable and skilled at her job. She was just wonderful to work with and I appreciate her more then she could ever know.” – Dawn Parker Thomas was born with cerebral palsy and other serious disabilities requiring extensive and ongoing medical attention. Unfortunately, Thomas’ mother had a history of …

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Making Resource Family Approval Work for Kinship Families

Relatives are critical to the success of CCR, as relatives currently provide placement for over 38% of the state’s more than 62,000 foster children and are the most likely to provide a home to older youth stepping down from a group home. Studies suggest that children placed with relatives experience less trauma, stronger bonds with …

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