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 >>

U.S. Census Bureau Study: 10% of Grandparents Care for a Grandchild

A new study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that of the 65 million grandparents in the United States, 7 million are living with at least one of their grandchildren.  Of this population, nearly 2.7 million grandparents are actually raising their grandchildren. According to the study, the term “raising” is defined as having cared Read more >>

The Los Angeles Times recently published an article urging Los Angeles County to opt-in to the new Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program (ARC). The state-funded program provides equal support to children raised by relative caregivers. However, counties must opt-in to the program by October 1 to receive funds in January 2015. While many counties Read more >>

L.A. County Weighs Accessing New Money for Relative Caregivers

The Chronicle for Social Change recently published an article that highlights the undeniable benefits Los Angeles County will gain if it opts into the new Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program. The program utilizes state funds to provide equal support to children living with relative caregivers. The Alliance for Children’s Rights Legal Director, Laura Streimer Read more >>

A study conducted by the University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy concluded that relative/kinship foster parents are less likely to receive support services like respite care and training compared with non-relative foster parents. This underscores the need for financial equity for relatives caring for children in foster care. The study used data Read more >>

There are over 11,000 children in relative care in L.A. County and over a quarter of them are in South Los Angeles. Relative caregivers are heroic family members who have stepped up to take care of a relative’s child(ren). These family members are heroes who keep their families together and they’re all around us. In Read more >>

CA Makes Historic Investment in Foster Children Raised by Relatives

Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014 – 2015 California budget on June 20, 2014, which includes a $30 million investment in the futures of foster children who are raised by relatives. This is the most important policy victory for foster children since the extension of foster care to age 21 through AB 12 in 2012. Read more >>

California’s new Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program is a huge leap forward in ensuring equity for foster youth placed with relative foster parents. However, because participation in the new program is at the option of each county and because the new program does not allow youth to receive specialized care increments or other additional Read more >>

On Tuesday, May 20, CBS 13 Sacramento aired a segment focusing on the disparity in financial support for foster children placed with relatives. The piece broke down the causes of the funding gap, and how the gap actually gets wider as a foster child gets older. Relative caregiver and single mother Donita Sears shared her Read more >>