John Burton Foundation


Report Analyzes California’s THP-Plus and THP+FC Foster Care Programs

A new report from the John Burton Foundation examines trends related to utilization of California’s Transitional Housing Placement-Plus (THP-Plus) and THP-Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) programs during the 2015-2016 year. In 2001, the California state legislature created the THP-Plus Program in response to high rates of homelessness among former foster youth.


The Family First Act is Long Overdue

A recent article by The Chronicle of Social Change Publisher Daniel Heimpel highlights comments and concerns about the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which were voiced again last week by some California advocates.


Child Welfare Advocate Angie Schwartz Leads in Opposition to Family First Act

Last week, several prominent California child welfare experts expressed grave concerns about the Family First Prevention Services Act, ­pending federal legislation that would dramatically change how foster care is paid for.


California Bill to Increase Support for Pregnant Foster Youth Reaches Governor’s Desk

Whether to increase financial support for prenatal care and other needs of pregnant foster youth is in California Governor Jerry Brown’s hands, now that Assembly Bill (AB) 1838 has passed in both the Senate and Assembly.


California Budget Expands Support for Foster Youth with Children or in College

The new California state budget signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown includes a pair of measures that advocates hope will support foster youth pursuing higher education and help parenting foster youth succeed.


Chafee Education Grants: The Margin Between School and Survival

Like most foster youth pursuing post-secondary education, Cathia Lan began her journey at a community college. She wanted to beat the odds by finishing college and obtaining a degree. Like others who age out of foster care, the odds are significantly against Cathia.


    California, New York Bet on Foster Youth to Succeed in College

    During a packed conference luncheon in Los Angeles on Tuesday, California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris accepted an award from a consortium of foundations, advocacy groups and college-based service centers for foster youth.


    Foster Care through College Pipeline on Display 

    On Tuesday, California College Pathways — a consortium of charitable foundations, policy advocacy groups and college-based service centers for foster youth — will host its annual Blueprint conference in Los Angeles.


    Oakland Former Foster Youth Named White House Champion of Change

    It was just an ordinary day at the office until Sokhom Mao noticed an email in his inbox from the White House. Three weeks later, he was on a plane traveling from his home in Oakland, Calif., to Washington, D.C., to be honored as a 2015 White House Champion of Change.