Parity in Sight for Relative Caregivers, but Counties Must Act
By Tim Morrison In June, Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature set aside $30 million to end California’s sad distinction as the only state in the country where foster children placed with relatives do not receive state foster care benefits.
Through Horror and Hope: Short Term 12 Exposes the Group Home
In Short Term 12, the abused but irrepressible heroine Grace leads us into a typically hidden world: the foster care group home. In doing, she helps illustrate how steep the hill is that confronts youth in the child welfare system.
Calif. Lawmaker Seeks to Curb “Catch-All” Suspension Code
By Tim Morrison Leslie Mendoza found herself put out of school for angrily reacting to a teacher who singled her out in front of a noisy freshman algebra classroom, despite the fact that she had been one of the few paying attention.
Why do poor grandparents refuse child support?
By Tim Morrison When children are removed from their homes, foster care agencies prefer to place them with caregivers who are related, often grandparents. Unlike adoptive parents, however, nearly nine out of 10 of these grandparent caregivers who are eligible for benefits that support children newly in their care do not receive them, and in most cases purposefully reject them, because of the way they are administered.