A Social Services Leader Returns to Fight Pandemic and Racial Inequality
Will Lightbourne, a longtime director of state and local social services, emerged from retirement last month to become the director of the California Department of Health Care Services – just as record-breaking coronavirus cases tripled in the state.
Newsom Taps Lightbourne to Lead California Health Agency
In a surprising emergence from his recent retirement, when California faces what is arguably its most grave health care challenge in history, former Department of Social Services Director Will Lightbourne has been named the director of the state health care agency.
Inside Game: The Key Players Behind Washington’s Biggest Foster Care Reform in Decades
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was furious and heartbroken. Nearly three years into an effort to fundamentally overhaul the nation’s foster care system, the bill Wyden had crafted alongside Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was dying.
California AG Harris Issues Educational Data-Sharing Guidelines for Foster Youth
California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued guidelines aimed at supporting the educational success of foster youth through improved data sharing. An agreement between the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the California Department of Education and the state’s Bureau of Children’s Justice is designed to promote the increased sharing of secure information between schools and child-welfare agencies in the state.
A Vision for California Policy from Youth in Foster Care
Over 100 members of California Youth Connection (CYC) and their adult supporters gathered last weekend at the University of Southern California to discuss crucial issues facing youth in the foster care system, and create policy recommendations to remove these barriers to success for young people in the future.
Family First Act: The California “Revolt” Against Federal Finance Reform
The Family First Prevention Services Act, which passed the House earlier this week, has garnered the sworn fealty of many national and state-level child welfare advocacy groups back when it was just a draft, much of which has been retained by the pared-down version.
Communities Come Together to ‘Change Minds’ About Child Trauma
Projected on the enormous screen at the front of the room was a blue-tinged image of a brain scan with a seemingly simple phrase next to it: “Changing Minds.” The striking image and accompanying messages are still being developed by national nonprofit Futures Without Violence (Futures) for a public outreach campaign about the complex issue of childhood trauma.