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Foster Care’s New Reality: COVID-19 creates new challenges for kids, families

July 8th, 2020 Foster children face a number of obstacles during normal times, but this pandemic has stacked even more odds against them and their caregivers. The virus has impacted weekly supervised visits, developmental therapy, court cases pending, even adoptions.Resource parents help our county’s most vulnerable children. They play a critical role in helping build […]

Coronavirus’s Arrival in California Juvenile Lockup Sparks Concern

July 6th, 2020 As the coronavirus has torn through California’s incarcerated population, nine young people locked up in one of the state’s youth prisons have tested positive for it – a worrisome sign for the Division of Juvenile Justice that has so far avoided the mass outbreaks of the adult prisons. The state agency reports […]

Adoptions delayed for months by coronavirus closings to get their day in court

Tribune Content Agency – June 29, 2020 Foster families whose adoption plans got derailed by court closures prompted by the coronavirus crisis are set to receive some relief, with the judicial system no longer requiring in-person hearings. That means families whose hearings were delayed in some cases until 2021 may see their adoptions become legal […]

Difference Makers: Mentors Help Underserved Youth

June 25th, 2020 With the COVID-19 crisis impacting low income communities of color, a local nonprofit is adapting its efforts to ensure that kids who already face obstacles are not left even further behind. Friends of the Children SF Bay Area is helping nearly 100 underserved youth in San Francisco’s Bayview with academic and emotional support. Full article […]

Home Visitors Left to Check on Parents from Afar

June 15th, 2020 For the time being, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted all of Middlebrook’s walks into people’s homes. A source of support for families who might otherwise have little, home visitors have had to keep their distance from vulnerable new parents — physically, anyway. The pandemic, however, has forced these visits to go virtual, a […]

Newsom Announces Aid for Foster Care Youth Affected by COVID-19

April 13, 2020 KQE California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the state plans to allocate $42 million — including $1.6 million from the federal government — to address the needs of young people in foster care and others living in low-income families. “Bottom line is we have less social worker visits, we have less […]

California to spend extra $42 million to help foster youth during pandemic

Governor Newsom is making more than $27 million available to help families stay together, nearly $7 million to support social workers and $3 million to support Family Resource Centers. These new investments, totaling $42 million ($40.6 million in state general fund and $1.4 million in federal funds) over the next three months will support foster […]


Advocacy

California organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

California organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here. AdvokidsAlliance for Children’s RightsAssociation of Community Human Service AgenciesCalifornia Alliance of Child and Family ServicesCalifornia CASA AssociationCalifornia Chapter 1, American Academy of PediatricsCalifornia Family Resource AssociationCalifornia Federation […]

California advocates: Letter to Governor Newsom and State Legislative Leaders on COVID-19 response

On behalf of the over 60,000 children and youth in California’s foster care system, leading advocates in California make these recommendations: Recommendation #1: Provide emergency financial relief to caregivers and youth impacted by COVID-19. Recommendation #2: Ensure stability of foster care placements Recommendation #3: Immediately remove obstacles to distance learning, telehealth, visitation, and permanency Recommendation […]


Policy

California Executive Order on Older Youth In and Aging Out of Foster Care

Executive Order here Provisions include: The Department may verify foster youth status for the purpose of facilitating foster youth access to programs providing cellular telephones or other communication technology to foster youth. Waiver of State extended foster care eligibility for all youth entering or reentering extended foster care requiring any physical, in-person, face-to-face application, meetings, […]

California Department of Social Services, Increase in Emergency Funding for COVID-19 Response

In a letter dated April 13, 2020, the Department of Finance outlines cash assistance to low income families whose children are identified as at risk of foster care entry, as well as additional support to foster caregivers through Family Resource Centers and helplines, and increased access to laptops and cell phones for foster youth. Full […]

California HHS/Department of Social Services Guidance on COVID-19

April 17, 2020, This All County Letter (20-45) provides guidance regarding the Extended Foster Care program for nonminor dependents (NMDs) during the current state of emergency related to COVID-19 and pursuant to the authority in the Governor’s April 17, 2020 Executive Order N-53-20 (EO N-53-20). April 3, 2020, This Provider Information Notice (20-04-CRP) provides general […]