Child Care Budget Proposal The Alliance for Children’s Rights requests your support of a budget request to the state legislature to establish the Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children. Access to affordable child care is crucial for our youngest foster children. It is needed to recruit and retain loving foster families, stabilize foster placements, Read more >>

SB 1201 Aligning Criminal History Exemptions Placement with relatives is preferred by federal and state law because research indicates that these children experience fewer traumas and have better outcomes than children who are placed with non-relatives. Unfortunately, many foster children spend the first few months in foster care in shelters or with foster parents they Read more >>

A report was recently published by Generations United examining the plight of grandfamilies, defined as “grandparents, or other relatives of similar or older generations, [who] are the primary caregivers for children of their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews or grandchildren.” There are over 2.7 million grandfamilies nationwide and, as the report illustrates, these families are among Read more >>

National Kinship Care Month

United States Senators Wyden and Hatch put forward Resolution 266 making September 2015 National Kinship Care Month. The resolution is meant to recognize the grandparents and other relatives who are taking care of 2,700,000 kids who are living with them throughout the country. Kinship caregivers have been proven to provide safer and more stable households Read more >>

The Step Up Coalition is sponsoring multiple events to support relative caregivers and to shed light on the unique issues facing our kinship foster families.. First, we are hosting a five-part webinar series that will explore the struggles and inequalities our kinship caregivers face and the opportunities and challenges to providing the support, assistance and Read more >>

Relative caregivers are the backbone of our child welfare system. Relative foster placements tend to lead to more long term placement stability and offer better connections to the child’s community. And yet, in California many of our relative caregivers are denied essential funding and services that they need to care for the children, particularly those Read more >>

This year has been a busy one for Alliance sponsored legislation. The Alliance is sponsoring legislation to 1. Ensure relative caregivers gain access to all the benefits that are currently available for youth in their care (AB 423) 2. Provide foster youth a forum to enforce their educational rights (AB 379) 3. Give foster youth Read more >>

On May 28, the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care held a hearing to discuss increasing key supports for foster children critical to the key aspects of a foster child’s life. The hearing included panelists who spoke to needed reforms to bolster the support children receive in their home, at school and in navigating the Read more >>

The Step Up Coalition and the Alliance have been active participants in the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) efforts aimed at reducing reliance on group home placements and ensuring that every child is raised in a stable and loving family. In January, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) submitted a series of recommendations, developed Read more >>

Last year, the Alliance led the Step Up Coalition in pursuit of funding parity for children in placement with relatives. Our efforts motivated the Legislature to establish the Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program (ARC) which makes state funds available to counties who want to better support foster children in placement with relatives. Until ARC, Read more >>