Foster care

AB 2813 - Letter to Gov. Brown - request for signature

Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 2813, a bill to protect children and youth in foster care from being needlessly detailed in juvenile hall solely due to their foster care status. MORE

Overview of the Foster Care System in California

Overview of the foster care system in California - Fact Sheet MORE

AB 2813 Fact Sheet - Equitable Standards for Foster Youth

This fact sheet describing AB 2813, a bill that would protect children and youth in foster care from being needlessly detained in juvenile halls solely due to their foster care status. MORE

Letter from Jennifer Rodriguez to Commissioner Sanders

Letter from Jennifer Rodriguez to Commissioner Sanders appearing as an appendix to final report of CECAMF MORE

Fact Sheet: Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Key Findings and Recommendations of the report: Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities MORE

Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Final report by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. MORE

Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Final report by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. MORE

CECANF Works Toward Development of a National Strategy

Article on the work of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities MORE

Presidential Proclamation -- National Foster Care Month, 2015

Proclamation by President Obama naming May 2015 National Foster Care Month MORE

Educational Rights as a Pregnant or Parenting Teen

Fact sheet on educational rights of pregnant or parenting teens. MORE

AB 388 Chaptered Text

Text of AB 388, bill requiring oversight on the use of law enforcement in group homes, limiting the unnecessary secure detention of foster youth and providing the same protections for foster youth tha... MORE

Overview of the Foster Care System in California

This is a fact sheet giving an overview of the foster care system in California. MORE

Legal Rights of Teens in Out of Home Care (2014)

This booklet, based on California law, covers some of the concerns of a youth in out-of-home care, including types of placements, guardianship, independent living, role of the courts, visitation, conf... MORE

Letter from YLC sponsoring AB 388

Letter to Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro co-sponsoring SB 388 MORE

Overpayments - YLC Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes what overpayments are and what the rules are if the overpayments occur in the following programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC-FC) (Foster Care), Kinship Gu... MORE

Fostering Families Today Article on QPI

This article, written by Carole Shauffer, describes what QPI is. MORE

The Quality Parenting Initiative - Fostering in the 21st Century

The May/June 2012 issue of Fostering Families Today features an article on Youth Law Center's Quality Parenting Initiative, written by Carole Shauffer. MORE

Probation Provisions in California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act - Powerpoint Presentation

On August 30, 2011, Jennifer Rodriguez and Maria Ramiu presented a webinar on “Probation Provisions in California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act.” Probation staff from more than twenty c... MORE

QPI Process Chart

This chart describes what will be covered at each QPI meeting, who is to attend and what are the resources at each. MORE

Update: “Fostering Connections to Success: Extending a Social Safety Net for Youths Facing Homelessness and Poverty”

The Clearinghouse Review has published an update on The Fostering Connections Act written by YLC staff attorneys Jennifer Rodriguez and Alice Bussiere with Jennifer Pokempner, a supervising attorney a... MORE

Title IV-E for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System - YLC Fact Sheet

This fact sheet by the Youth Law Center is on Title IV-E and in question and answer format. Title IV-E of the Social Security Act provides federal matching funds to help states pay for foster care pl... MORE

AB 12 Fact Sheet

AB 12, the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, is co-sponsored by the Youth Law Center. AB 12 will extend foster care benefits to youth after the age of 18 and allow California to partic... MORE

Sam and Tony M. v. Carcieri Opinion

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (which included Justice Souter sitting by courtesy) ruled in favor of the foster youth in Sam and Tony M. v. Carcieri, a class action suit agai... MORE

All County Letter re Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Pilot

The purpose of this All County Information Notice (ACIN) is to provide information regarding the opportunity to participate as a pilot site for a Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Pilot project and ... MORE

Senator Debbie Stabenow's Amendment re TFC

The Youth Law Center joined with over 35 national child welfare and mental organizations to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for introducing an amendment to ensure that Medicaid coverage includes Therape... MORE

Thank You Letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow Re Medicaid Coverage Amendment

The Youth Law Center joined with over 35 national child welfare and mental organizations to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for introducing an amendment to ensure that Medicaid coverage includes Therape... MORE

Fostering Connections to Success: Extending a Social Safety Net for Youths Facing Homelessness and Poverty

YLC staff attorneys Jennifer Rodriguez and Alice Bussiere co-authored an article with Juvenile Law Center Attorney Jennifer Pokempner, entitled “Fostering Connections to Success: Extending a Social ... MORE

Understanding the Educational Needs of English Learner & Migrant Foster Youth - Powerpoint Presentation

This powerpoint covers issues related to the eligibility of foster youth for programs designed to meet the needs of English Learner and Migrant students. This powerpoint was presented at the "Californ... MORE

Sam M. v. Carcieri Amicus

The Youth Law Center joined fourteen other children's advocacy organizations in an amicus brief filed with the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Sam M. v. Carcieri. The amicus brief was f... MORE

Key Facts: An Overview of Fostering Connections Discussion Draft - California Working Families Policy Summit

The Youth Law Center was co-sponsor of the 2009 California Working Families Policy Summit, held January 13 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Organized by The California Center for Research on Wome... MORE

Recommendations on Children in Foster Care - California Working Families Policy Summit

The Youth Law Center was co-sponsor of the 2009 California Working Families Policy Summit, held January 13 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Organized by The California Center for Research on Wome... MORE

Rene M. v. Anderson Stipulated Settlement

Rene M. v. Anderson was filed as a writ of mandate to require that the State monitor all California counties to ensure that children in foster care are visited regularly by caseworkers and that they r... MORE

Rene M. v. Anderson Amended Petition

Rene M. v. Anderson was filed as a writ of mandate to require that the State monitor all California counties to ensure that children in foster care are visited regularly by caseworkers and that they r... MORE

Youth Participation in Court Hearings

In recent years, courts and child welfare systems around the country have recognized the importance of permanency for all foster children, including older youth, and of youth participation in decision... MORE

Susan C. v. Florida Department of Children and Family Services Writ of Mandamus

Susan C. v. Florida Department of Children and Family Services, filed in state court in April 2005, was a class action lawsuit that charged the Department of Children and Family Services ('DCF') and a... MORE

Susan C. v. Florida Department of Children and Family Services Settlement wtih Big Bend

Susan C. v. Florida Department of Children and Family Services, filed in state court in April 2005, was a class action lawsuit that charged the Department of Children and Family Services ('DCF') and a... MORE

Susan C. v. Florida Department of Children and Family Services Complaint

Susan C. v. Florida Department of Children and Family Services, filed in state court in April 2005, was a class action lawsuit that charged the Department of Children and Family Services ('DCF') and a... MORE

Fresno County Standing Order Auhorizing Sharing of Information With School Personnel

This Standing Order addresses the exchange of information between the Fresno County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and personnel at any school or school district. MORE

Emancipating from Foster Care in the Bay Area: What Types of Programs Are Available for Youth Aging Out of the Foster Care System?

This BASSC Monograph examines the current needs of youth aging out of the foster care system and programs developed to assist youth with their transition to adulthood and independent living. It is bas... MORE

Wheeler v. Sanders Joint Stipulation for Dismissal

Filed in December 2003, Wheeler v. Sanders alleged that Los Angeles County violated state and federal requirements designed to ensure children are safe because the Los Angeles Department of Children a... MORE

Adolescents, the Foster Care System, and the Transition to Adulthood: What Legal Aid Lawyers Need to Know

Older adolescents leaving foster care still face tremendous obstacles as they make the transition to adulthood. However, the increasing focus on improving foster care and permanency planning for adole... MORE

Wheeler v. Sanders Petition for Writ and Complaint

Filed in December 2003, Wheeler v. Sanders alleged that Los Angeles County violated state and federal requirements designed to ensure children are safe because the Los Angeles Department of Children a... MORE

Donaldson v. Archuleta Settlement Agreement and Full Release

This lawsuit challenged Alameda County’s failure to comply with the minimum child welfare health and safety standards of care imposed by state law. Alameda County failed every child welfare services... MORE

Warren v. Saenz Peremptory Writ of Mandate

Warren v. Saenz was a taxpayer action alleging that the California Department of Social Services has deliberately ignored the fact that nine counties -- including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, ... MORE

Donaldson v. Archuleta Petition and Complaint

This lawsuit challenged Alameda County’s failure to comply with the minimum child welfare health and safety standards of care imposed by state law. Alameda County failed every child welfare services... MORE

Warren v. Saenz Petition for Writ and Complaint

Warren v. Saenz was a taxpayer action alleging that the California Department of Social Services has deliberately ignored the fact that nine counties -- including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, ... MORE

Booraem v. Orange County Settlement Agreement

Booraem v. Orange County, filed in August 1998, challenged the detention of abused and neglected infants and young children for extended periods of time under illegal and unconstitutional conditions i... MORE

Ward v. Kearney Settlement Agreement

Ward v. Kearney was a federal class action lawsuit that alleged that Broward County's foster homes, shelters, and other residential facilities were crowded and children were not screened to determine ... MORE

Making Reasonable Efforts: A Permanent Home for Every Child

An update of our earlier publication, Making Reasonable Efforts: Steps for Keeping Families Together, this handbook explains what reasonable efforts are as we move out of the 1990's. It describes both... MORE

Ward v. Kearney Complaint

Ward v. Kearney was a federal class action lawsuit that alleged that Broward County's foster homes, shelters, and other residential facilities were crowded and children were not screened to determine ... MORE

Booraem v. Orange County Complaint and Petition for Writ of Mandate

Booraem v. Orange County, filed in August 1998, challenged the detention of abused and neglected infants and young children for extended periods of time under illegal and unconstitutional conditions i... MORE

Bohler v. Anderson Order Granting Writ of Mandate

Bohler v. Anderson was filed in June 1997 over the failure of the Department of Social Services to develop a system for deciding where to place abused and neglected children. The state spends between ... MORE

Bohler v. Anderson Petition for Writ of Mandate

Bohler v. Anderson was filed in June 1997 over the failure of the Department of Social Services to develop a system for deciding where to place abused and neglected children. The state spends between ... MORE

Timothy J. v. Chaffee Settlement Agreement

Timothy J. v. Chaffee challenged the failure of the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services to monitor children in foster care by having face-to-face contact with each child at least once... MORE

Model Questions for Defining Reasonable Efforts

A booklet in question and answer format that serves as a guide for judges in evaluating ""whether child welfare agencies have made 'reasonable efforts' to preserve or unify families in abuse/neglect c... MORE

Timothy J. v. Chaffee First Amended Complaint

Timothy J. v. Chaffee challenged the failure of the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services to monitor children in foster care by having face-to-face contact with each child at least once... MORE

"I want to be there when he graduates:" Foster parents show higher levels of commitment than group care providers

http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QZi5hNfKUvIX – YLC co-authored this study which showed greater commitment of foster parents to children than group home providers. Study published in Children and Youth Services Review 51, 2015 95-100. MORE