Policy Recommendations


Video: California Foster Youth Present Ideas on the Best Ways to Make Foster Parents More Accountable

Across the state, foster parent recruitment has been a hot topic. As California pursues an ambitious slate of congregate-care reforms, many counties are looking for ways to increase the number and quality of foster homes.


Video: Foster Youth Share Ideas About How to Best Support the Transition to Adulthood

In 2010, California passed Assembly Bill 12 (Fostering Connections to Success Act), which extended foster-care benefits from age 18 to 21. California was one of the first states in the country to pass legislation that made it possible for transition-age youth to receive federal funds as long as they met work or school requirements.


Video: California Foster Youth Offer Mental Health Policy Recommendations

Earlier this month, the California Youth Connection (CYC) gathered members from its 33 statewide chapters at a conference in Los Angeles to develop a policy platform for the year ahead. An advocacy organization made up of current and former foster youth ages 14 to 24, CYC identifies four policy areas every year as part of its annual summer leadership and policy conference.


Esta Soler Elevates Child Trauma to National Policy Stage

As the sounds of an abusive husband interrogating his partner intensify off-screen, a camera pans up a flight of stairs. A young boy, maybe 3, sits in knitted pajamas at the top of the staircase, cradling a plastic yellow truck. 


Calif. Foster Youth Propose Policy Portfolio

After turning 18, foster youth Louis Reed struggled to find stability. Only after spending months without a home did he realize that he might be able to qualify for extended foster care benefits under California’s Assembly Bill 12.


California Fails Make the Honor Role in its Treatment of Children…Again

Children Now has released the 2014 California Children’s Report Card: How Kids are Doing in Our State and What Needs to Be Done About It, a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of California’s children based on the advancements made in 2013, and including policy recommendations that make children a priority in 2014 and beyond.