AB 2005 Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet on AB 2005; a bill that will put restrictions on out of state foster care placements for youth under the supervision of probation. MORE

AB 2005 - Request for Signature

Letter to Governor Brown Requesting Signature on AB 2005, a bill which will ensure that youth under probation supervision are placed in facilities outside of California only as a last resort. MORE

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

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

State Policies on Non-Family Foster Care Settings

This paper surveys state policies that restrict congregate care for children and youth in the foster care system and makes recommendations based on our research and experience. MORE

Request for Signature - AB 403

Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 403 (congregate care reform bill). MORE

Investigations of CA Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

ProPublica article about California Department of Social Services' failure to timely and conclusively investigate hundreds of claims of misconduct and other problems in group homes that house the stat... MORE

AB 388: What Group Home Staff Need to Know

Fact Sheet on AB 388: What Group Home Staff Need to Know. AB 388, which takes effect January 1, 2015, is a new law specifically intended to reduce the frequency of law enforcement involvement and de... MORE

AB 388: What Youth Advocates Need to Know

Fact Sheet on AB 388: What Youth Advocates Need to Know. AB 388, a new law which takes effect January 1, 2015, is specifically intended to reduce the frequency of law enforcement involvement and del... MORE

AB 388: New Protections for Youth In Group Homes

Fact Sheet on AB 388, a new law taking effect January 1, 2015, designed to prevent unnecessary law enforcement involvement in group homes. What Youth Need to know about the new law. 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

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

AB 388: What Social Workers Need to Know

Fact sheet for social workers on AB 388: a new law taking effect January 1, 2015, designed to prevent unnecessary policy involvement in group homes and reduce the use of locked detention before trial ... MORE

YLC Letter to Commissioner Susan Hamilton re Congregate Care for Young Children

Since 2009, the Youth Law Center has been working with Connecticut advocates to reduce group care, particularly for young children under the age of six, using research about the negative effects that ... 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

Institutions vs. Foster Homes: The Empirical Base for a Century of Action

This is an important report on recent research comparing the advantages and disadvantages of institutional care to those of family foster care and other forms of out-of-home care. The report found tha... 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

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

"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

Consensus statement on group care for children and adolescents: A statement of policy of the American Orthopsychiatric Association

http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ort/84/3/219/ – Abstract MORE