Local Former Foster Youth: Life Without AB 12
Leandralynn Dunson, 20, lives in Oakland. She says her experiences in foster care only made her a stronger woman. By. Tasion Kwamilele In 2010, California, a state with one eighth of the country’s foster care population, set the tone for the nation by passing legislation to extend foster care to age 21.
CoCo County Sets Record Straight on Bubble Foster Youth
Foster care staff address Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on June 5th. By Tasion Kwamilele & Daniel Heimpel Responding to a slew of media reports surrounding Contra Costa County’s policy of cutting off foster care for youth at age 19, District 4 Supervisor Karen Mitchoff requested an oral report at the Contra Costa County’s Board of Supervisors meeting this week “There have been two negative stories in our local paper about this, and I wanted the real story, or more fleshing of facts shall we say, out in the public,” Mitchoff said during Tuesday’s hearing in Martinez, CA.
Bubble Bill on Way to CA State Senate
Assm. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) adresses foster youth on the Capitol steps in Sacramento in run-up to AB 1712’s passage in the State Assembly. By. Amabelle Ocampo On May 30th a bill that would clarify how foster care is extended in California passed the State Assembly with a unanimous 76-0 vote.
Major Hurdle Cleared in Effort to Bridge Foster Care Funding Gap
By Orville Thomas A key legislative committee today approved a bill aimed at providing services to foster youth after they turn 19. Assembly Bill 1712 passed through the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations with a 12-0 vote today, with the committee’s five Republicans abstaining.