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Lessons from Out of County, Calif.: Need for Numbers, Better Coordination

Last week, The Imprint wrapped up “Out of County, Calif.,” a lengthy series focused on the significant portion of California’s foster youth who are cared for outside of the county they once called home.


Going Out of County to College, Support Gets Lost in the Shuffle

I was 17 years old when I graduated high school and went away to college. There were several reasons I wanted to move to a new county. I had a desirable scholarship package at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), which has a great acting program.


Out-of-County Placements Tax Kids and Workers Alike

The Imprint’s series on out-of-county placements for foster youth provided excellent examples of the problems caused by placing foster children out of county or far away from home. In the District of Columbia, where I worked as a social worker with foster children, over half of foster youth are placed in the Maryland suburbs.


Day in Court No Sure Thing for Foster Youth

Last month, we kicked off our “Out of County, CA” series with a story about Heather Matheson. When Heather was 15, her placement near the San Fernando Valley high school she loved fell apart. Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) had hopes of placing her...

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In California, Business As Usual: Foster Youth Are Left Waiting

Recent articles by The Imprint have described a long-standing problem wherein many children who are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect are provided inadequate access to mental health care.


A Judge’s Perspective: Distant Placements and Reasonable Services

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge shares her perspective on how out-of-county placements and distant placements have a profound effect on children, their parents and the prospects for family reunification.


    Housing Shortage Drives Transition-Aged Foster Youth Across San Francisco County Line

    San Francisco’s endemic housing crisis is contributing to a startling exodus of older foster youth, leaving neighboring counties to shoulder the responsibility.


    While Counties Delay Mental Health Services, Out-of-County Foster Youth Languish

    For out-of-county children on a path to adoption, the lack of consistent and timely mental health resources can have especially perilous consequences.


    The Price of a Placement: Recruiting Foster Families in San Francisco’s Million-Dollar Market

    As the city’s economy booms, foster-parent recruitment in San Francisco lags, creating financial and demographic barriers to finding foster parents for the city’s most vulnerable children.