Office of The California Foster Care Ombudsman
California Expanding Job Training to Systems-Impacted Youth, Replicating Successful Los Angeles Model
Following a model out of L.A., community-based organizations in California combine federal job training funds with other essential services for young people leaving foster care or probation — including housing and education support.
Get Kids with Kin, and Quickly
Research tells us that children in foster care fare much better when living with their family, but too often, there are barriers to kin placement, writes Vivek Sankaran.
With Governor’s Signature, New York Commits to Cutting Child Poverty in Half
This week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed the Child Poverty Reduction Act, which will result in a plan to drastically reduce child poverty in the next decade.
Re-mourning: The Trauma of Losing a Family Twice
Foster youth often do not have the privilege of finding their forever family, and they are forced to lose their support and care, writes Anna Ramirez.
County-level Poverty Associated with Higher Youth Death Rate by Firearm, Study Finds
A recent study suggests implementing a multidimensional strategy to address poverty and firearm-related deaths after associating high county-level poverty with gun deaths among young Americans.
Study on Centralized Health and Human Services Seeks Public Input
The Administration for Children and Families is seeking public input on a plan to collect new data on centralizing services for low-income Americans.
The New Year’s Cliff for California Foster Care Requires a Community Solution
On New Year's Day, Serita Cox of iFoster writes, thousands of older youth in California foster care will age out the system. The community must come together to help.
New Round of COVID-19 Infections Hits California Youth Prisons
In Texas, Illegal Foster Placements Soar Amid Shortage of Licensed Beds
The number of foster children housed in unlicensed facilities in Texas has surged to the point that hundreds are being exposed to “unreasonable risk of serious harm."