Former Foster Youth Laid off From Advocacy Group Amid COVID-19 Crisis Are Re-Hired
Following two weeks of chaotic upheaval that felt like a personal blow to many longtime advocates in California’s child welfare circles, all employees let go in layoffs at the nationally recognized foster youth group, the California Youth Connection, have been rehired.
California Youth Connection Exec Resigns Days After Announcing Layoffs, Plans to Restructure
Haydée Cuza, who helped establish the California Youth Connection (CYC) advocacy group in 1988 and became its executive director in 2016, resigned Monday night, less than a week after she laid off most of her staff in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic.
California Youth Connection Abruptly Lays Off Most Staff to ‘Restructure’ Amid Pandemic
In an astounding response to the coronavirus pandemic that stunned the California child welfare field, one of the most vaunted foster youth advocacy organizations in the nation laid off most of its staff this week, the majority former foster youth.
Los Angeles County Creates Its First Ever Youth Commission
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create the county’s first Youth Commission, answering long-standing calls from youth advocates to give young people a seat at the table shaping policies and programs that impact their lives.
California Youth Connection Turns 30: Three Decades of Foster Youth Leading the Way
Three decades ago, a group of foster youth who wanted to drive like average teenagers came together to fight for the right to obtain driver’s licenses. When these teens founded California Youth Connection in 1988, it was the only foster care advocacy organization led by youth themselves.
New Collaboration Amplifies Youth Voice in Addressing Mental Health Issues
In high school, Cecilia Torres struggled with depression “There were days where I really questioned if I was worthy,” she said. As Torres found it difficult to get out of bed some mornings, she also found herself not wanting to talk with anybody about her mental health issues.
My Closed Adoption and the Movement to Change the System
Growing up, I always knew my siblings and l looked so different. I have an olive skin tone with dark hair and almond-shaped eyes. My little brother has a dark skin tone and curly hair.
Closed Adoption Divides Calif. Teen from Family
Every holiday season, 17-year-old Jordain Rodriguez sends a note to two families she barely knows with a simple wish: She’d like to see her nieces and nephews. Around the holidays and on each of the children’s birthdays, she writes emails to the two families who adopted her family members, asking for pictures, any recent updates and a chance to talk to them.
Calif. Foster Youth Propose Policy Portfolio
After turning 18, foster youth Louis Reed struggled to find stability. Only after spending months without a home did he realize that he might be able to qualify for extended foster care benefits under California’s Assembly Bill 12.
Foster Youth Questival 2015
It’s hot, dusty and I have been walking for 12 hours straight. All I want to do is get off this damned mountain. Right behind me are Heather Matheson and Heidi Moran, both in their early twenties, and both a little loopy after fighting their way up thousands of feet of steep snow to get to the top of Mt.