continuum of care
Underprepared Staff Are Doing the Most Difficult Work in Child Welfare
Direct care staff who work with youth are our most immediate front line of support for youth who require additional adult intervention in school-based and residential environments. However, through no fault of their own, these individuals are on average the most undertrained, undersupervised, underpaid and seemingly undervalued paid professionals our youth come in contact with.
Placing Foster Children with Relatives May Help Prevent Congregate Care
California foster youth placed with relatives are less likely to spend time in group homes or institutional placements, and black children are more likely than their white counterparts to do so, according to new research.
California’s Child Welfare Reform Threatened by Slow Pace of Caregiver Approval and Group Homes
Implementation struggles have caused the price of California’s child welfare reform to soar by an estimated $101 million, according to a recent analysis from the California state legislature. In a report released last month, the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office assessed California Gov.
What Gavin Newsom Might Mean for California’s Child Welfare System
As expected, Gavin Newsom (D) was elected as governor of California on a Tuesday night by a relatively large margin over Republican candidate John Cox. Many in the advocacy community are now waiting to see what his election will mean for children’s issues in the state, including the child welfare field.
Amid State Foster Care Reforms, Relatives in L.A. Still Face Obstacles
Mahoganie LaFranks initially welcomed the opportunity to bring 16-year-old foster youth Tiffany* into her Long Beach home this past year. In September, LaFranks started the process to be formally licensed as a resource parent under California’s new approval process, a key part of child welfare reforms in California that started in January.
California’s Continuum of Care Plan: An Opportunity for True Reform
In the summer of 2012, the State Legislature enacted Senate Bill 1013 which mandated that the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) launch a broad-based, stakeholder process to determine how to reform California’s foster care system.