Step Up Coalition

Media Puts Pressure on L.A. County to Opt-In to New Program for Relative Caregivers

Media Puts Pressure on L.A. County to Opt-In to New Program for Foster Children in Relative Care On Sunday, September 7, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times published a piece on the opportunity Los Angeles County has to offer more equitable financial support to foster children who are in the care of a relative using state …

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CA Makes Historic Investment in Foster Kids Raised by Relatives

Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014 – 2015 California budget today, Friday, June 20, which includes a $30 million investment in the futures of foster children who are raised by relatives. This is the most important policy victory for foster children since the extension of foster care to age 21 through AB 12 in 2012. …

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Action Needed: Sign on to End Practice of Placing Foster Children into Poverty

A coalition of advocates is circulating a sign-on letter calling on the California State Legislature to end the current policy of placing foster children into deep poverty. Under the current system, a relative caregiver receives a foster care benefit if the child is federally-eligible. If not, the relative caregiver may apply for the state welfare benefit …

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The High Cost of Caring: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A new report details the harsh financial realities facing grandparents raising their grandchildren. At the Alliance, a majority of our clients are relative caregivers and we see first-hand the extreme hardships kin face in stepping up to care for children in—or at risk of entering—foster care. More than 300,000 grandparents in California are raising their …

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