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Karen Bass, Longtime Leader on Child Welfare Policy, In the Mix for Vice President

CBS News reported this morning that U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D), who represents the 37th district of Los Angeles, is being vetted as a potential running mate for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.


Time to Abolish Racist Foster Care System, Children’s Commissioner Says

The nation’s fast-evolving rage and newfound commitment to upending long-standing racial injustice spilled into the normally staid meeting of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families on Monday, with several members describing the nation’s largest foster care system as racist and ineffective in its previous efforts to combat the pervasive overrepresentation of black and brown children taken from their parents.

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D.C. Lawmakers Push Reform to Honor Relentless Advocate for Wisconsin Foster Youth, Taken by Coronavirus

Family and friends have a common saying about Dosha DJay Joi of Milwaukee, who died last week at age 28 from coronavirus-related complications: He lived up to the sweet sound of his name.


Kamala Harris Unveils Justice Reform Plan Focused on Youth and Families

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris rolled out a criminal justice reform plan Monday that focused heavily on youth justice and child welfare issues. Harris’s plans aligns with several fellow Democrats on proposing reforms to the juvenile justice system, but she is the first in the crowded Democratic primary field to talk about addressing some child welfare issues.


Ben Carson Unveils Major Stable Housing Initiative for Former Foster Youth

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson made official today an initiative that offers youth aging out of foster care a path to stable housing within the nation’s public housing network.

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Bass, Casey Want to Tighten Up Medicaid Guarantees for Foster Youth

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) have introduced two bills aimed at shoring up federal health care guarantees for current and former foster youth. As of 2014, Affordable Care Act guaranteed Medicaid coverage through age 26 to any young person who was in foster care at age 18.

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    Cagle Coalition Seeks House Bill to Mirror Feinstein-Rubio Legislation Extending Title IV-Waivers

    Proponents of a bill to extend flexible funding waivers for child welfare services in some states are looking for a member of Congress willing to lead the charge in the House of Representatives.


    To Fend off Family First Act, L.A. Hires Lobbyist Who Helped Write It

    In mid-April, former Senate Finance staffer-turned-lobbyist Becky Shipp sent an e-blast to dozens of key child welfare insiders inviting them to an intimate conversation focused on health care and child welfare policy.


    Sheila Kuehl Charts Path for Nation’s Largest Child Welfare System

    As the current chair of Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors, Sheila Kuehl is in a prominent position to shape child welfare policy that will not only have an impact in L.A.,