Youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems placed in out-of –home care experience many transitions back to community settings where they encounter obstacles to reintegration. Transition often results in problems with school enrollment, accessing health care benefits and economic supports, and maintaining or obtaining housing. Whether the transition is from placement to a return home, institutional setting to a community setting or from juvenile court jurisdiction to independence, youth often need assistance and supports to overcome barriers and navigate the path to reintegration. YLC advocates for system changes to support youth successfully transitioning back to the community.
- YLC sponsored SB 1088 (Price), effective January 1, 2013 prohibiting California school districts from denying enrollment or readmission to students solely because they have had contact with the juvenile justice system.
- YLC worked with the juvenile detention center and the school district in Reno, Nevada on accessing federal education funding to establish a transition education specialist for facilitating educational reentry of detained youth upon release.
- YLC advocated for federal and state Medicaid laws and policies that facilitate access to health care for transitioning youth including sponsoring SB 1147 (Calderon) that requires suspension rather than termination of Medi-Cal eligibility for youth entering juvenile correctional facilities.
- YLC worked to maintain state and federal AAP (Adoption Assistance Program) policies that support permanency for youth through adoption and provide financial assistance to support adoptive families.
- YLC collaborated with and provided training to legal services attorneys on the confidentiality of juvenile court records and proceedings to help families obtain or maintain subsidized housing when a youth returns home from a juvenile justice placement.
- YLC supported efforts to maintain transitional housing for emancipated foster youth in California.