California Advocacy

Caregiver Day at the Capitol 2019

February 4, 2019

Caregiver Day at the Capitol, held on January 22 and co-hosted with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, was attended by 120 participants. Small teams of caregivers and advocates held 98 meetings. Former Assembly Human Services Committee Chair, Assemblymember Blanca Rubio gave an inspiring speech to caregivers in the morning training. The event ended with an inspiring speech from current Human Services Committee Chair, Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes. The theme of the day was “Placement Stability.” Caregivers shared their experiences with lawmakers and how funding, programs, and services help to ensure that foster youth are receiving what they need to heal and thrive in foster care.

The day begins with a training and light breakfast at the California Endowment in Sacramento. Caregivers divide into small groups, plan their meetings, have lunch and then walk across the street for an afternoon of meetings in the Capitol. Everyone gathers for a celebratory reception and debrief at the end of the day. It was a busy and inspiring day!

California Alliance of Caregivers and the Alliance of Children’s Rights will continue to follow up with legislative offices on the issues of critical importance to foster and kinship families. More opportunities are available for caregivers to testify at hearings in Sacramento throughout the year. For updates on the next Caregiver Day at the Capitol – January 2020, please sign up for free membership at www.cacaregivers.org/become-a-member.