foster youth

New State Numbers Reveal Education Inequity for Foster Youth

Today, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction released new data that sheds light on the crisis for students in foster care: based on academic testing in the 2014/15 school year, 87% of foster youth statewide failed to meet Mathematics standards, compared to 67% of students in general, and over 80% failed to meet English …

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24th Annual Dinner Raised Recordbreaking $1.56 Million

At the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom on March 10, the Alliance for Children’s Rights honored Fox Television Group Co-chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman with its 2016 National Champions for Children Award, in celebration of the duo’s longstanding support for children in need. “Grandfathered” star John Stamos emceed the awards dinner, which also …

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New Legislation Would Help Former Foster Youth Re-Enter Care When Guardianship or Adoption Fails

Assembly Bill 2454 (Quirk-Silva), a bill to help former foster youth re-enter care when their guardianships or adoptions fail, continues to make its way toward becoming law. Since our April report, the Alliance-sponsored bill was unanimously passed by the Assembly and is now making its way through the Senate. With a broad base of support, …

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New Look at Official Federal Measures of Poverty

A recently released study conducted by researchers from the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality utilized a new model, called the California Poverty Measure, to offer a more accurate and complete picture of poverty in California by taking into account factors ignored by the official U.S. Census Bureau …

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Affordable Care Act Expands Coverage for Former Foster Youth

On June 27, in response to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), Governor Brown signed SBx1 1 and AB 82, two significant pieces of legislation for California former foster youth. SBx1 1 extended Medi-Cal to former foster youth until age 26 and AB 82 implemented the Medi-Cal extension early for a limited population of former …

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