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Gavin Newsom, California’s Family Man

On Monday, Gavin Newsom was sworn is as California’s 40th governor. He is the father of four young children, one of whom ended up stealing the show. At one point during Newsom’s 20-minute address his youngest son, 2-year-old Dutch, toddled up on stage.


Former Foster Youth Takes Leading Role in Ending California’s Youth Homelessness Crisis

Alexis Barries’ story is a sadly familiar one to youth who have experienced foster care in California. At age 2, she entered the foster care system; at 8, she was told by her guardians that she’d end up in prison like her parents.

Gavin Newsom


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.


California, L.A. Agree: Locking Up Young Children is ‘Nothing Good for Nobody’

After the passage last month of a California law that will bar children 11 and younger from juvenile prosecution, Los Angeles County leaders want to go even further to decriminalize youth.


Brown Signs Law to Ease Licensing Path for Relatives, Vetoes Foster Care Mobile Response Plan

As California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) prepares to leave office at the end of the year, the last round of child welfare legislation under his watch includes a new law to ease the path of relative caregivers under the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), the major child welfare initiative developed during his time as governor.


California Governor Signs Off on Sweeping Juvenile Justice Legislation

Just hours before the end of this year’s legislative session, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law several far-reaching juvenile justice bills. Brown endorsed a bill that will prevent the transfer of 14- and 15-year-olds into adult criminal court; provide internet access for youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system; bar children ages 11 and younger from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court; and limit the amount of time youth who are deemed mentally incompetent can spend in juvenile halls, among other legislation.


    California Legislature Passes Bill Setting Juvenile Justice Minimum Age at 12

    A bill that would largely exclude California youth under the age of 12 from prosecution is now headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D) after passing out of both chambers of the state legislature.

    Foundation Launches Initiative to ‘Disrupt’ Child Welfare


    New California Budget Sees Big Child Welfare Investments

    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a $200 billion budget last week that includes significant investments for the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems, though many of those are on a one-time basis.


    The Future of California’s Children: What Top Candidates for Governor Think

    Today, The Imprint will host a nonpartisan governor’s forum in California to discuss critical issues to children and families with candidates to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Building our Future: A Forum on Children with California’s Gubernatorial Candidates will offer an important opportunity to hear from candidates about some of the most important issues related to children’s health, youth justice, child poverty, access to technology, child welfare and educational equity.