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Uplifting And Advancing Justice For Black Communities

One week ago, George Floyd was brutally suffocated at the hands of police officers sworn to protect the public. His is the most recent death of an unarmed Black man, in an appallingly long line of atrocities in communities of color by the very institutions intended to keep us safe. It is patently inhuman, and…

Child Welfare Leaders Address Impacts of Proposed Budget on Children and Families

The Alliance for Children’s Rights and other child welfare leaders articulated specific impacts of the May Revision on the child welfare system. Additional support to families is vital during this difficult time and child welfare leaders are concerned the proposed budget does not fully support the needs of children and families. View all impacts addressed…

Supporting Children With Disabilities in Accessing Special Education Services During a Time of Crisis

During the first week of April, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and other statewide partners communicated concerns with congressional leadership about the significant impact of extended school closures on students in special education programs and regional center clients. At this time of crisis, when distance learning is the primary option, children with disabilities lose out on educational…

Governor Newsom Announces $42 Million to Protect Foster Youth and Families Impacted by COVID-19

On April 13th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced new investments aimed at protecting at-risk and children in foster care who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Governor’s announcement directly addresses many of the issues in the requests put forth to the Administration by an Alliance for Children’s Rights-led broad coalition. While we are encouraged by the…

The Census counts. So do you.

Historically, many marginalized groups have been drastically undercounted in the Census—including large populations of children and families in foster care who depend heavily on the social programs impacted by the Census count. During this crisis, we are seeing just how life-saving these programs and must work together to ensure they remain adequately funded.  Communities not…

Broad Coalition Seeks Immediate Action from Governor to Support Children in Foster Care During Crisis

Responding to concerns raised at the local level, an Alliance for Children’s Rights-led coalition articulated immediate needs to the California Governor and state legislative leadership this week, urging them to take action to address the serious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of young Californians in foster care. The coalition has united to…

Coming Together During the COVID-19 Outbreak

While our country faces a very uncertain time, we want you to know that we’re still here, still working, and still wholly committed to supporting the children, youth, and families who need us the most. And we know you are, too. Together, let’s remember to take care of the most vulnerable members of our community…

Caregiver Day at the Capitol 2020

This year’s Caregiver Day at the Capitol, in partnership with California Alliance of Caregivers, was yet another incredible day of networking and advocacy with 80+ caregivers, providers, and advocates from across the state. Their voices carried our message throughout the Capitol and to our leaders within the administration. It was such a privilege to have…

Supporting an Important Victory for Separated Families

Last year, we filed a legal brief in support of a suit to compel the federal government to provide mental health services to children and parents suffering from trauma after their unconscionable separation at our southern border. As experts in child welfare law, we made clear that the legal standards for the treatment of children—even…