Upcoming Trainings & Events
Caregivers at the Capitol
Date: January 30, 2018
Time: 8:30 to 5:00
Location: The California Endowment Sacramento Meeting Place, 1414 K Street #500, Sacramento, CA 95814
Help bring attention to the needs of families caring for children in foster care!
Children recovering from abuse and neglect can’t do it without loving, attentive families. Each year, thousands of relatives, extended family members, and other foster and adoptive families step up to take in children who can no longer safely remain with their birth parents. These families are doing the day to day work of our child welfare system, but their voices are rarely heard by the policy makers that shape the laws that impact their daily lives and experiences as caregivers.
Please join us in educating legislators in the California capitol about the realities facing families caring for children in foster care. Your voice is vitally important to the betterment of policy and child welfare practice. Please join us and share your experience and learn about pending policy decisions that affect our community.
Contact Jenn Rexroad: firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-312-0480
Past Trainings & Events
All in the Family: Recruiting, Engaging and Supporting Kin
Date: November 15, 2017
This was a webinar to learn about the policies and practices to increase the number of kinship placements and better support families. We were joined by individuals from Los Angeles County who have been engaged in a successful pilot to recruit family to care for relatives. In addition, we heard from experts in Pennsylvania who have reformed their foster care system to be kin-first. These programs are on the cutting edge of transforming child welfare to be child-centered and family-friendly. Our panelists shared how their innovative programs can be replicated across the country.
We were joined by Judge Michael Nash (Ret.), Director of Los Angeles County’s Office of Child Protection, Jay Kadash, Stacy Johnson, and Yakiciwey Mitchell from A Second Chance, Inc., and Tiffany Collins and Jennifer Lopez with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
New Child Welfare Laws: 2017 Policy Reforms
Date: October 25
This webinar summarized the key bills that were signed into law this year. These reforms will impact recruitment and retention of caregivers, the services and supports available to families in the child welfare system, and more. We were joined by experts from the Children’s Law Center, Children Now, Tipping Point Community, and John Burton Advocates for Youth. View Webinar | View Slides | Download Attendance Certificate
Why you need to understand child welfare funding and federal safety net programs
Date: Wednesday, September 27
This webinar highlighted model state laws, policies, and court orders that have improved access to needed supports and services for children and families. We discussed current and pending threats at the federal, state, and local levels that imperil the child welfare system and related safety net programs—and how participants can preserve and strengthen these essential programs. View Webinar | View Slides | Download Attendance Certificate
17th Annual Grandparents As Parents Conference
Time: November 3, 2017
Location: Omni Hotel 251 S Olive St Los Angeles, CA 90012
- This event is for caregivers, professionals, advocates, policymakers,
- CEU’s will be provided
- Continental breakfast and lunch will be served
For more information, contact: email@example.com
Understanding Child and Family Teams and Best Practices for Using CFTs to Engage and Support Children, Youth and Families
Date: August 23, 2017
We discussed the requirements and best practices for creating and utilizing Child and Family Teams. Specifically, panelists discussed what is required in the formation and facilitation of Child and Family Teams, and delved deeper into how to ensure that CFTs are a key support system for the children, youth and families. We heard from caregivers and youth that have been part of CFTs to understand what works.
Mary Sheppard, CA Department of Social Services
Madeline Roachell, LA County Department of Children and Family Services
Regina Goree, LA County Department of Children and Family Services
Tim Halbur, Caregiver and Teaming Participant
Vanessa Hernandez, California Youth Connection
Mental Health Care for Young People in Foster Care
Date: June 28, 2017
We discussed new means of meeting the mental health needs of youth involved in the child welfare system. Specifically, we examined how the Continuum of Care Reform is changing how mental health services are delivered and focused on how to best provide support and services to youth and family-based settings.
Dr. Robert Byrd, County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health
Dr. Kaliah Salas, County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health
Brian Blalock, Tipping Point Community
Kevin Jervik, Ph.D., Children’s Law Center of California
View Webinar | View Slides | Download Attendance Certificate
Comprehensive, community-based services for delinquency-involved youth
Date: May 24, 2017
We discussed the importance of supporting delinquency-involved youth—including foster youth and nonminor dependents on juvenile probation—in community-based settings. Topics included: ensuring medical and mental health services, housing and placement needs, education, employment training, and other supportive services.
Attendees learned about funding streams, dispositional options, and how Continuum of Care Reform impacts delinquency-involved youth. We also discussed replicable models in counties that have maximized funding streams. Finally, we looked at the Juvenile Justice Practitioners Toolkit, which provides practitioners with information about how to best access resources for youth.
From Placement to Permanence: Understanding Options and Valuing Kin
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
When a child enters the child welfare system for their own safety and well-being, the law requires that preference be given to placing that child with a relative. Beyond that, the first goal of the child welfare system is reunification; if that is not possible, the next goal is to ensure the child has a permanent and stable home. This webinar will help to unravel various permanency options including adoption, guardianship, or placement with a fit and willing relative. We will also hear directly from kinship families who have made these decisions and are willing to share their stories.
Please join the Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Children’s Law Center, and kinship caregivers for this special webinar that gave an overview of the law and policy around permanence and explore the personal experiences of kinship foster families. View Webinar | View Slides | Download Attendance Certificate
Confidentiality & Foster Care: Policy and practice regarding foster care records
Date: Wednesday, February 22
Implementation of Resource Family Approval
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 10am - noon
Informing the National Debate on Child Welfare Reforms
View Webinar | View Slides | Download Attendance Certificate | Child Welfare Financing Reform:The Limits of Flexibility and the Need for New Resources | Are There Too Many Children in Foster Care? | Developing a Robust Continuum of Care to Support Foster Youth in Family-Based Settings
Understanding Family Finding, Relative Assessment and Approval
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
On August 17th we were joined by experts to discuss current and model laws and policies for family finding, relative assessment and approval. We provided an overview of current law and practice around family finding and engagement. We also discussed model laws and best practices to improve family finding, relative engagement and approval of kinship families.
From Research to Practice
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Voices of Kinship Caregivers
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Focus on 2016 Policy Reforms
Date: February 17th, 2016
Date: January 20th, 2016
Probation Youth and Kinship Care
Date: December 9th, 2015
Continuum of Care Reform and What it Means for Kinship Families
Date: November 18th, 2015
Relative Caregiver Summit
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Location: Seneca Center, 6925 Chabot Rd., Oakland, CA
Join us for an invigorating day of education, support and reflection. This event brings together relatives who are raising their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings and cousins to learn about important issues that impact caregivers as well as provide some much needed support and respite. Topics will include:
-Funding and benefits available to support relative caregivers
-Understanding your child’s education rights
-Understanding the differences between adoption vs guardianship
There will also be a resource fair that will include a wide range of resources from legal services to mental health information.
Recruiting, Retaining and Supporting Kinship Caregivers
Date: October 21st, 2015
Understanding the Plight of Kinship Caregivers
Date: September 16th, 2015
16th National Conference on Children and the Law
Date: July 24 - 25, 2015
Location: Washington, D.C.
The 16th National Conference on Children and the Law will address a range of child welfare issues that emphasize family well-being and improving the skills of attorneys, judges and other advocates. It will also feature emerging child welfare policy and systemic reform issues and their effects on practice, children and families. The conference will be preceeded by a full-day pre-conference on Kinship Care.
Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program Webinar
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the County Welfare Directors Association and the California State Association of Counties hosted an informative webinar on the new Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program.
A primary goal of our child welfare system is to keep children safe and, whenever possible, with family where they are more likely to be comfortable and thrive. Another goal is to meet children’s individualized needs with appropriate services and supports. Historically, when these children were placed with relatives, they received less assistance than they would if placed with a non-relative. But now, for the first time, there is funding available to counties to ensure that these children receive additional support.
The Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program allows counties to receive funding to support foster children placed with relative caregivers. Counties have to opt into the program by October 1, 2014 in order to get the funding from the state for the upcoming year (counties can opt in on an annual basis).
The program specifies that the state will cover 100% of the cost of the program for the existing population of foster children placed with relatives. Join us on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 10:30 AM – noon to learn everything you need to know about the new program and to participate in a question-and-answer session with representatives of the State and County associations.
To learn more about the Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program, download this flyer.