July 14th, 2020 Child welfare workers who relied on virtual technology for some non-emergency family visits during the pandemic are now prioritizing face-to-face meetings as a better way to identify abuse and neglect, the Department of Children and Families Services said Tuesday. Full article here.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
New COVID-19 Outbreak At One Of California’s Youth Prisons—As Counties Resume Sending Kids Into The State’s Long-Broken System
June 25th, 2020 Since LA County sends more kids to DJJ than any other county, given all the other chronic problems that make the state’s youth facilities an unhealthy, non-rehabilitative or healing environment for any kid (as WLA and our writers have repeatedly reported), this is one more on a long list of reasons to turn the spigot off at our […]
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 […]
June 23rd, 2020 Thousands of young adults in the California foster care system will receive additional financial support and housing help as they struggle to survive the recession and the coronavirus pandemic, under a budget deal this week between lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Full article here.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Advocates call on the Governor to issue an Executive Order to ensure that children in foster care can access placements, have stability in their placements, are able to continue reunification efforts with their families, and can access and maintain eligibility for extended foster care. Letter here. Draft Executive Order here.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]