Fostering Connections to Success
Easing Transitions: New L.A. County Court Helps Prep Older Foster Youth for Adulthood
After the stocky youth politely greeted his attorney and Judge Margaret Henry, he told the court his days as a cook were over. Instead, Roger,* an African-American foster youth dressed in an oversized gray t-shirt and a neat pair of jeans, said he thought driving trucks might be the job for him.
Survey Gives Glimpse into Transition from Foster Care to Independence
Foster youth approach the age of 18 with serious health and socioeconomic risk factors, but do so with optimism and a sense of support, according to the baseline findings from a five-year study on California youths released late last week.
Calif. Budget Shift Could Jeopardize Budding Transition Program
A key compromise in two-year-old legislation in California promised the expansion of Transitional Housing Placement Plus, a well-regarded transition program for older foster youth with high needs. Now, proponents of the program fear that the circumstances of a proposed state budget realignment may steer many of the state’s 58 counties away from it.
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.
Two Big California Counties to Cover “Bubble” Teens; Will Other Counties Follow Suit?
Two of California’s largest counties, Alameda and Los Angeles, have announced they will protect foster teens facing a disruption in foster care coverage because of the structure of Assembly Bill 12, a 2010 law that gradually expands foster care services to age 21 by 2014.