January 2020, Date TBDCDATC19
On January 22, 2019, 120 participants held 98 meetings with legislative offices. The focus for 2019 was Placement Stability. We highlighted caregivers’ need for support transporting children to their school of origin, the need for expansion of the Child Care Bridge program, and the need for a Family Urgent Response System to assist families in moments of crisis. Caregivers shared their experiences and stories of the critical issues that foster youth and families face, and how policymakers can help promote Placement Stability in foster homes.
On January 30, 2018, 62 caregivers came to Sacramento to share their stories and experiences with decision-makers in order to improve supports and services for children in foster care. Caregivers were empowered by the opportunity to share their insight into the realities of foster care. This important day laid the groundwork for a change allowing children placed with relatives to receive a foster care payment while their family completes the Resource Family Approval process. This will greatly reduce the burden on families stepping up to take care of their kin or non-related extended family members. Caregiver Day at the Capitol is co-hosted by the Alliance for Children’s Rights, California Alliance of Caregivers and the Step Up Coalition.
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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. If you are a foster/resource/kinship/adoptive/guardian parent, 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.