Upcoming Trainings & Events

2018 California Child Welfare Budget Requests

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Webinar

Join us for a webinar discussing the major budget requests that have been made for the upcoming fiscal year intended to support children served by our child welfare system. Panelists representing the sponsoring organizations will discuss the purpose of each budget proposal and walk through its provisions. We will also discuss crucial next steps you can take to support these budget proposals.

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Past Trainings & Events


Interim Support to Emergency Caregivers Prior to Resource Family Approval

Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: Webinar

On March 13, 2018, Governor Brown signed AB 110 which will provide financial relief for families who accept placement prior to Resource Family Approval (RFA). The bill provides for immediate funding for relatives and non-related extended family members who accept placement of a child prior to being approved as a resource family through June 30, 2018. A long-term solution is being discussed in order to ensure that families can continue to be supported at the time of placement beyond June 30, 2018.

The State Department of Social Services issued an All County Letter (ACL) on March 30 to advise counties on how to implement the interim funding enacted by AB 110. This webinar provided an in-depth explanation of the changes enacted by AB 110 and how to access the financial relief now available. We also discussed crucial next steps including AB 2183 and a California budget ask to ensure a long-term solution to funding at the time of placement beyond June 30, 2018.

View Webinar | View Slides | Download Attendance Certificate | AB 110 FAQ

Implications of Passage of Family First Prevention Services Act

Date: Wednesday, April 24 2018
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Webinar

This webinar provided an overview of the changes in the law as well as the concerns raised by advocates, counties and state agencies about certain components of FFPSA. We focused on the potential impacts of the law on both our child welfare system and broader safety net programs, including the barriers children and families may face in accessing benefits and services. As we discuss each topic, we focused on implementation strategies to utilize in California in order to improve access to necessary supports and services and minimize adverse impacts on our children and families. Finally, we discussed ongoing efforts to secure needed legislative fixes to the law to make it more workable in California and beyond before its implementation.

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Supporting Transition Age Foster Youth in the Child Welfare and Probation Systems

Date: Wednesday, March 21 2018
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Webinar

This webinar provided an overview of the legal duties of child welfare to provide appropriate placements and best practices for identifying the most appropriate placements for nonminor dependents. We also gave an in-depth analysis of housing rights for nonminor dependents living in group homes and transitional housing. Finally, we discussed proposed California legislation that would ensure that youth are able to enter or re-enter extended foster care to access the supports they need to successfully transition into adulthood.

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SB 1083 & AB 2183: New Legislation to Improve California’s Continuum of Care Reform

Date: March 2018

Two bills intended to facilitate payment at the time of placement and streamline the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process have been introduced in the California State Legislature. AB 2183 (Rubio) and SB 1083 (Mitchell) will ensure that the approval process is done in a timely manner, relatives are financially supported through the approval process and children are connected to relatives and extended family members in a child-centered and family-friendly way. This webinar discussed the most recent developments in state law around the Continuum of Care Reform and Resource Family Approval, the motivation behind the two pieces of legislation and the steps you can take to help support these RFA bills.

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Foster and Probation Youth Education Needs and How to Address Them

Date: February 2018

This webinar shared the most recent statewide data on foster youth education outcomes, and discussed how that data helps determine starting points for improvement. We reviewed foster youth education rights and highlighted the most recent developments in state and federal law meant to help bridge the gaps that foster youth experience. Finally, we provided participants access to comprehensive toolkits and model policies designed to address these issues. Each topic focused in on best practices and challenges, as well as the impact of the changing child welfare options under the Continuum of Care Reform.
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Resource Family Approval and Level of Care

Date: January 2018

This webinar covered delays, barriers, and challenges that have emerged since Continuum of Care Reform implementation began in January 2017. In addition, an expert panel highlighted challenges with the new Resource Family Approval process and new efforts underway to ensure that children and families receive the supports and services they need from the moment of placement. The webinar also addressed next steps in the new rate structure.
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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.

Register for the event.

More information:

Contact Jenn Rexroad: jrexroad@cacaregivers.org or 530-312-0480



Emergency Child Care Bridge Program: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Make Sure Your County Doesn’t Miss Out

Date: November 2017

Counties have an exciting opportunity to address a pervasive problem with foster parent recruitment and retention through the recent adoption of the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program. With passage of SB 89, California has allocated $15.5 million for the second half of fiscal year 2017-18 and $31 million ongoing for counties to utilize to provide emergency child care vouchers to families who would otherwise be unable to accept placement of a child in their home.

The webinar explains how the bridge program works and why counties should not pass it up. We also covered what a county must do in order to take advantage of the bridge program.
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All in the Family: Recruiting, Engaging and Supporting Kin

Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 10am-noon
Location: Webinar

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).

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New Child Welfare Laws: 2017 Policy Reforms

Date: October 25
Time: 10am
Location: Webinar

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
Time: 10am
Location: Webinar

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,
    and students
  • CEU’s will be provided
  • Continental breakfast and lunch will be served

For more information, contact: mdecoe.events@csun.edu


Understanding Child and Family Teams and Best Practices for Using CFTs to Engage and Support Children, Youth and Families

Date: August 23, 2017
Time: 10am
Location: Webinar

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

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Mental Health Care for Young People in Foster Care

June 28, 2017
Time: 10AM-12PM
Location: Webinar

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
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Comprehensive, community-based services for delinquency-involved youth

Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 10am
Location: Webinar

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.

Brian Blalock, Tipping Point Foundation
Sabrina Forte, Bay Area Legal Aid
Michael Klein, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. View Webinar | View Slides | Download Attendance Certificate

From Placement to Permanence: Understanding Options and Valuing Kin

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 10AM-noon
Location: Webinar

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
Time: 10AM-noon
Location: Webinar

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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.

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From Research to Practice

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

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The Voices of Kinship Caregivers

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 10:00am-noon

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Focus on 2016 Policy Reforms

Date: February 17th, 2016

View Webinar | View PowerPoint | Download Attendance Certificate | Family First Act Summary 1 | Family First Act Summary 2

Kinship Diversion

Date: January 20th, 2016

View WebinarView PowerPoint | Download Attendance Certificate | YMCA Kinship Navigator Brief


Probation Youth and Kinship Care

Date: December 9th, 2015

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Continuum of Care Reform and What it Means for Kinship Families

Date: November 18th, 2015

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Relative Caregiver Summit

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
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

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Understanding the Plight of Kinship Caregivers

Date: September 16th, 2015

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16th National Conference on Children and the Law

Date: July 24 - 25, 2015
Location: Washington, D.C.

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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
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

Webinar Flyer

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.