System-Wide Reform

What I Witnessed at Casa Padre Detention Center

Keeping Families Together Is Not Enough: On the Frontlines of the Border Crisis

As Alliance attorneys offer their time and expertise to support ongoing legal efforts at the border, we are sharing their personal perspectives. Here, Elise Weinberg, policy attorney at the Alliance, talks about her time at Karnes Detention Center interviewing detained mothers and children. I pulled up to the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and …

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Alliance Win for Families

Alliance Win for Families on Funding at Time of Placement

The Alliance has worked for over a decade on equity for relative caregivers, who are often the first placement option for children who enter foster care. Until recently, those who take in a child on an emergency basis when they first enter foster care do not receive full foster care funding until they complete a …

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Alliance Win for Families

Governor Signs Bill Providing Relief for Families Who Accept Placement Prior to Resource Family Approval

We prepared this letter for caregivers to understand whether they are eligible for this critical relief and what they can expect.  On March 13, Governor Brown signed AB 110, which includes an immediate solution to funding relatives and non-related extended family members who accept placement of a child prior to being approved as a resource family. The bill …

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Alliance Calls for Extended

Alliance Calls for Extended Support for Caregivers

On October 24, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard a motion brought by supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl asking DCFS to report back within 60 days about the feasibility of extending gap funding to relative caregivers (and non-relative extended family caregivers) pending resource family approval. The motion also requests an assessment of …

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Major victory on childcare may help more families step up to care for children in foster care

Today the governor approved $31 million in the state budget to create the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program. With this funding, counties will be able to provide caregivers and parenting youth with immediate access to up to six months of crucial child care services. In addition, caregivers will receive the assistance of navigators to help find …

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