California Department of Social Services


California Bans Out-of-State Treatment Programs After Reporters Investigate Abuse

California has banned the practice of sending foster youth and teens charged with crimes to faraway residential treatment programs, following an investigation by The Imprint.

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More details on California relief funds for current, former foster youth


More Details Emerge on California Relief Funds for Current, Former Foster Youth

The process that California will use to steer federal stimulus checks to young adults with foster care experience has become more clear, with details provided to The Imprint by the state and instructions sent to all 58 counties.


Kinship Care Supporter Angie Schwartz to Head California’s Child Welfare System

Longtime youth advocate Angie Schwartz has been named head of California’s child welfare system, The Imprint has learned, bringing with her a considerable legacy of strengthening support for relative caregivers in the foster care system and federal policy expertise.

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Will Lightbourne


Newsom Taps Lightbourne to Lead California Health Agency

In a surprising emergence from his recent retirement, when California faces what is arguably its most grave health care challenge in history, former Department of Social Services Director Will Lightbourne has been named the director of the state health care agency.


Even with More Protective Supplies on the Way, Coronavirus Confusion for Los Angeles Social Workers

As Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services awaits more protective gear for its thousands of social workers, a state directive to child welfare agencies has created tension about how employees will remain protected from coronavirus on the job. 


Kate Walker Brown Recognized for Work to Help Sexually Exploited Children

Kate Walker Brown, an attorney at the National Youth Law Center (NCYL), has been recognized by the California Department of Social Services (DSS) with an award for her leadership in improving services and supports for commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). 


    State: California Will Lose $320 Million in Child Welfare Funding if Waiver Ends

    According to California child welfare officials, the state’s foster care system will take a big hit if federal Title IV-E waivers are allowed to expire at the end of September. “Our counties are likely to see a decrease of federal funds in the neighborhood of $320-some odd million at the conclusion of the waiver,” said Greg Rose, deputy director of the Children and Family Services Division of the California Department of Social Services (DSS), in a state budget hearing last week.


    Behind the Stats: Mark Courtney on His Newest Study on Transition-Age Foster Youth in California

    Earlier this summer, Mark Courtney and his team at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released the latest installment in his most recent longitudinal study, the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH).


    California Approves Short-Term Fix For Foster Parents Stuck in the Approval Process

    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a stop-gap measure on Tuesday that will provide emergency funding to caregivers who take in a foster child before completing the approval process. Over the past year, the state’s new approval process for caregivers in the state has led to lengthy funding delays for foster parents and relative caregivers, now collectively known as resource families.