Videos and Photos
The Alliance is Always There:
A young woman who was formerly in foster care, shares how the Alliance supported her and her two children when she was on the brink of homelessness, empowered her with parenting guidance and education, and provided legal advocacy to pave pathways to housing, healthcare and opportunity, so that she and her children can thrive.
The Alliance Advocated for Our Kids: The Arteaga Family
March 5, 2020
At our 28th Annual Dinner, one family shares their story about how the Alliance not only represented them in the adoption of both their daughter and their son, but also advocated to ensure that both developmentally-delayed children receive the vital therapies and education they had been wrongly denied. Thanks to the Saltz Family Early Intervention Advocacy Center, these services will positively change their children’s lives forever.
Hidden Foster Care: The Human Impact of Bypassing Foster Care
February 18, 2020
In partnership with Lincoln, we brought kin caregivers and experts together to activate dialogue around the adverse impacts of Hidden Foster Care. Due to a well-intentioned effort to “”keep kids out of the system,”” relatives are frequently encouraged to bypass juvenile court and care for at-risk children outside of formal foster care – often these families end up without the supports and services necessary to address the impacts of trauma. Together with our partners, we’re evaluating a set of recommendations to better aid these families.
The Power of Networks: Supporting the Needs of Foster Youth
December 16, 2019
Foster youth change schools an average of eight times while in care. Working with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and the Bonita Unified School District, we explore ways to better empower and support the educational needs of foster youth.
Guardianship Saves a Child's Life
June 14, 2019
One caregiver shares their guardianship story and how the Alliance and one of our stellar pro bono attorneys stepped in to help her better provide safety and stability for her beloved granddaughter.
An Important Victory on Equity and Support for Kinship Families
June 14, 2019
Recently, the Alliance lobbied successfully for emergency funding for relatives who take in children who enter foster care. Caregivers from across California joined us in Sacramento to share their stories of struggling to meet the needs of a young relative. Senator Holly Mitchell appears in the video during a meeting in which she invited these kinship families to speak with her directly about their plight.
April 23, 2019
The Alliance advocates for expectant or parenting youth in foster care. Our team supports clients like Yennifer to attain housing, mental and medical healthcare, education, and employment, so they can raise healthy babies and build strong, resilient families.
April 23, 2019
The Alliance finalizes one-third of all adoptions out of foster care in Los Angeles County for young people who often have waited years for a permanent home.
We are the only organization in Los Angeles that handles adoptions of young adults in extended foster care because you’re never too old to want and need love and support.
Education: An Early Intervention Story
April 16, 2018
Because the most critical time for intervention is in the first few years of life, the Alliance focuses on overcoming the legal barriers to obtain appropriate developmental and early education assessments and services for children 0-5.
One of our caregiver clients shares her story and the importance of early intervention services for her two adopted daughters.
Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
April 9, 2018
When a youth’s emotional or behavioral issues are not addressed appropriately at school, they can escalate to the point where they are considered “a problem” for the juvenile justice system to handle instead of the school system. Once in the juvenile justice system, if their needs continue to go unmet, they often spiral deeper into the system. Our goal is to help young people in foster care avoid incarceration, homelessness, and other negative outcomes. By identifying the need for services, we can avoid disciplinary issues and address a youth’s education needs.
I Want You To Know ...
May 8, 2017
Our Foster Care Awareness campaign celebrates the wisdom and insight of our young leaders who have experienced foster care firsthand. The campaign is called “I Want You to Know…” and features more than a dozen young adults who speak in their own words about what they want us to know and do to achieve justice, opportunity and equity for foster youth.
These thoughtful, inspiring advocates are actively involved with the Alliance for Children’s Rights in outreach, mentorship, and policy reform.
Saltz Center Champions Toddler with FAS
April 13, 2017
Laura Sander struggled in her search for therapeutic services for her adopted son, William, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. William was placed with Laura just three days after she was approved to be a foster parent. He was four months old. Like many neglected infants, William didn’t cry. At about two years of age, he finally received the diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome, and was able to access support through the Saltz Family Early Intervention Center at the Alliance. Thanks to our team, he was able to attend a special early intervention program.
An Adoption Story
April 1, 2017
Los Angeles has more children in foster care than any other city. The older a child grows, the harder it can become to find permanency.
We share the story of Isaiah who officially joins his loving forever family.
CA School Board Association Spotlight
June 20, 2016
The California School Board Association highlights an innovative partnership between the Bonita Unified School District and the Alliance for Children’s Rights to meet the needs of students in foster care. Through the partnership, which serves as a pilot for other districts, graduation rates increased 5% in just 18 months.
The partnership is one of the first of its kind, matching a school district with education attorneys
April 16, 2016
This video features some incredible stories from families and youth. It provides a snapshot of the Alliance’s work on behalf of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable children. The premiere of this video was at the Alliance’s 24th Annual Dinner on March 10, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton honoring Dana Walden & Gary Newman (featured in the video).
Step Up: What it Means to Be a Relative Foster Parent in CA
March 10, 2016
Relative caregivers are the backbone of our child welfare system, yet children placed with kind often receive a fraction of the support as children placed with non-relatives. The Alliance for Children’s Rights and our partners launched Step Up: Supporting Caregivers, Protecting Children in 2014 to bring awareness to the inequities of relative care. Watch this video to learn more and join the coalition at stepupforkin.org/join.