Current Legislative & Policy Priorities
Children come into foster care in a moment of crisis. The goal of the child welfare system is to connect them immediately to a loving and stable family placement. To make that connection, families who are hoping to accept a child into their home must have immediate and ongoing access to critical supports and services, including those that address the consequences of trauma and abuse. That is why this year, the Alliance is focused on a package of reforms to ensure placement and school stability for young people in foster care. Specifically, these reforms aim to:
- fund transportation for students in foster care to their school of origin from the moment of placement and notify caregivers of the right to receive reimbursement for such transportation (download AB 337 fact sheet);
- ensure that child and family teams are successful in engaging team members, identifying strengths and addressing the identified needs of the child and family (download AB 1068 fact sheet);
- support families in accessing emergency funding at time of placement for the full period that resource family approval is pending;
- establish a 24-hour hotline and mobile response system to field calls from caregivers or from youth themselves in times of crisis, and
- provide child care assistance from the time of placement so that more families are able to accept placement of children in foster care, including sibling sets, and assist parenting foster youth with child care to support ongoing education and employment.