Policy Matters

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 …

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Recent Legislation Aligns State Law With Federal Law to Protect Immigrant Youth in California

Prior to 1990, undocumented children who were under the state court’s jurisdiction due to abuse, abandonment or neglect found themselves in a precarious immigration dilemma. Upon reaching the age of majority, the court’s jurisdiction terminated and youth were left to face the world without any protections or lawful immigration status. Since 1990, many legislative steps …

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Chapin Hall Discussion Paper on Foster Youth

California was at the forefront of extended foster care, passing Assembly Bill 12 in 2010, which allowed foster youth to remain in foster care until they turn 21. California’s approach to extended foster care is among the most comprehensive in the country, as policy makers strived to not only extend foster care for 3 more …

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State, Federal and Alliance Priorities Align

In June, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014-2015 California budget, which makes a significant re-investment in early education for infants and toddlers. In particular, the budget allocated $7.9 million to restore the Early Start Program to pre-2009 eligibility. This will broaden early intervention service eligibility for children with, or at risk of,  developmental delays. Now, …

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