News and Updates

New Year, New Ways to Improve Foster Care

January 29, 2020

Governor Newsom has released his 2020/21 budget, which includes investment in behavioral health, homelessness, improving Medi-Cal, and training for child welfare social workers. One priority of his administration is reducing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). California is implementing a trauma-informed system of care for children and families.

Child welfare advocates are asking for an expansion of the Child Care Bridge program. This would provide more funding for emergency child care vouchers, and trauma informed training for providers. The provision of child care to foster families has provided placement stability for many children across the state. Child care providers have reported much success with trauma informed training and coaching that benefits all children.

The Alliance for Children’s Rights and California Youth Connection have introduced AB 1944 to enhance Education Stability for students. The bill would require counties to notify all caregivers if they qualify for reimbursement for reasonable travel to keep children at their school of origin. It would also allow emergency caregivers to access this funding at the time of placement.

The California Alliance of Caregivers legislation tracker will keep you up to date on bills affecting children in foster care. Please email us if you would like a weekly summary of updates or if you would like to give feedback.

All foster, kinship and guardian families are invited to attend Caregiver Day at the Capitol on March 10! The focus of the day will include three priorities: Child Care Bridge expansion, Education Stability, and Access to Support (the Hidden Foster Care System).