California Advocacy

Resource Family Policy Summits Underway!

July 30, 2018

On June 30, caregivers from the greater Sacramento region, including Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo Counties participated in a Resource Family Policy Summit held in Davis, CA. Resource Families from around the state, including foster, kinship, adoptive and guardian families are participating in the formalization of a statewide caregiver policy agenda. Caregiver input was collected in five areas. These areas, or domains are: Placement Stability; Education and Transportation; Medical/Dental/Mental Health; Child and Families Teams and Decision-Making; and Training/Mentoring/Coaching.

The input collected at these events will guide California Alliance of Caregiver’s advocacy over the next year, including at Caregiver Day at the Capitol, monthly & quarterly meetings with statewide advocates, legislative staff, and Department of Social Services staff, and in stakeholder workgroups. California Alliance of Caregivers has begun sharing the raw data with decision makers in order to inform the retention and recruitment of high quality foster families. A final statewide Caregiver Policy Agenda will be published in early 2019. Counties will be able to use regional and statewide data for the ongoing development of their programs. The gathering of this data should be useful for the retention and recruitment of families, and for validating the needs of children in foster care.

California Alliance of Caregivers strives to bring the caregiver voice to system-wide improvement efforts. Caregivers are the primary intervention into the lives of children in the child welfare system. All caregivers are invited to attend any of the summit events. Registration is free and most include lunch and children’s program.

Upcoming Events:

September 29 10:00 – 1:00 pm, Southern CA Resource Family Summit, University of St. Augustine, San Marcos, CA

October 5, Santa Cruz

October 13, Los Angeles

October 20 9:00 – 12:00 pm, San Bernardino/East Los Angeles Resource Family Summit, Hillside Community Church, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

October 26, Ventura/Central Coast

November 10, Fresno

December 3, 1:00 – 4:30 pm, Statewide Caregiver Policy Agenda Meeting & Webinar, Sacramento, CA

For updates and registration, visit Regional Events. Become a member if you are a resource, foster, kinship, adoptive or guardian parent in California. Membership is free and includes updates and notification of events.