Local Former Foster Youth: Life Without AB 12
Leandralynn Dunson, 20, lives in Oakland. She says her experiences in foster care only made her a stronger woman. By. Tasion Kwamilele In 2010, California, a state with one eighth of the country’s foster care population, set the tone for the nation by passing legislation to extend foster care to age 21.
CoCo County Sets Record Straight on Bubble Foster Youth
Foster care staff address Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on June 5th. By Tasion Kwamilele & Daniel Heimpel Responding to a slew of media reports surrounding Contra Costa County’s policy of cutting off foster care for youth at age 19, District 4 Supervisor Karen Mitchoff requested an oral report at the Contra Costa County’s Board of Supervisors meeting this week “There have been two negative stories in our local paper about this, and I wanted the real story, or more fleshing of facts shall we say, out in the public,” Mitchoff said during Tuesday’s hearing in Martinez, CA.
Two Big California Counties to Cover “Bubble” Teens; Will Other Counties Follow Suit?
Two of California’s largest counties, Alameda and Los Angeles, have announced they will protect foster teens facing a disruption in foster care coverage because of the structure of Assembly Bill 12, a 2010 law that gradually expands foster care services to age 21 by 2014.