New Laws Strengthen Educational, Other Supports for Calif. Foster Youth
This month, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed a raft of legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in foster care. In addition to the package of bills designed to stem the overprescribing of psychotropic medication for foster youth, and AB 403 which will greatly reduce the number of youth placed in group homes, Brown signed several other significant foster care bills before last Sunday’s midnight deadline.
California Bill Says Children of Teens in Foster Care Not Presumed At-Risk of Abuse
By Xueting Guo While there is clear evidence that children born to mothers with experience in the foster care system are at heightened risk to enter the system themselves, a new bill in California would preclude social workers from using a pregnant or parenting foster youth’s foster care records when determining whether or not to remove his or her child.
Foster Youth Hope for Resources for Pregnant Teens
By Sawsan Morrar When Layla Yunus thinks back to her teenage years raising her son Micah, she reminisces about his first smiles, his first words. But she also thinks back to the despair and stress she went through being a single, 15-year-old mother who had just entered foster care.