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California Lawmaker Adding to Growing Calls for an End to ‘Three Strikes’ Laws for Teens

California is the only state where the three strikes laws apply to 16- or 17-year-olds who commit crimes, impacting them for years.

Barred from Sending Probation and Foster Youth Out of State, California Officials Have Managed to Find Them Local Homes and Programs


Barred from Sending Probation and Foster Youth Out of State, California Officials Have Managed to Find Them Local Homes and Programs

More than 130 children have been brought back to California and counties now have more than $100 million to develop in-state, locally based programs.


Three Bright Spots in California’s Fitful and Failing Implementation of a Federal Law Aimed at Lifting Foster Students’ Academic Horizons

  In the eastern suburbs of Sacramento County, Kamika Hebbert keeps a watchful eye for signs of how an unstable environment affects young minds. There’s the restlessness that comes with worry about biological parents and siblings.

Ricardo Rodriguez


Time Spent on Me Wasn’t Wasted

Ricardo Rodriguez is a 26-year-old San Diego resident and former foster youth who balances a job in tech with volunteer work and entrepreneurial pursuits. Thanks to his relentless drive and support from key sources, his life has turned out far different from previous expectations.


Scripps Family Auction Raises Tens of Thousands for Transition Aged Foster Youth

At the uncommon intersection of philanthropy, real estate and community, a pair of nonprofits joined forces over the weekend to put on a unique fundraiser benefiting transition-aged foster youth and homeless families in San Diego County.


Voices for Children, Southern California CASA Provider, Names New CEO

Voices for Children, which provides court appointed special advocates (CASAs) to foster children in San Diego and Riverside Counties, has named John Valencia as its new president and CEO. Valencia, who previously served as the vice chancellor of workforce and organizational development at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in at El Cajon, California, will start at Voices for Children on Feb.

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    Pay for Success Watch: NCCD Will Assess Projects in Conn., Calif., and Wisc.

    The National Council on Crime and Delinquency announced three projects to study the feasibility of pay-for-success (PFS) projects in Connecticut, California and Wisconsin. PFS projects shift the burden of social investment off the government and onto private investors.


    Ending the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Call for Multi-System Collaboration in California

    A report outlining the prevalence of the commercial sexual exploitation of children specifically in the foster system and the need for child-serving systems to identify exploited and at-risk youth. To read the full report, please click HERE.


    Cracking the Code: How One California County Pushed Past FERPA Restrictions

    By: Orville Thomas “It makes all the difference if they want to share. It’s easier if they’re not inclined to share. They say FERPA and it ends the conversation.”- Dr. Bernard James of Pepperdine University describing school districts and their interaction with FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.