Advocacy

Foster Care Counts is active in supporting legislation and public policy that will help fund services for foster youth and families. If you are interested in getting involved, please check back for important bills as they come under consideration in California’s legislature.

Pending Legislation

AB 1688 (Rodriguez D) Dependent children: out ­of ­county placement: notice.

This bill requires child’s attorney and youth age ten and up receive notice of out ­of ­county placement and authorizes youth to object the placement. 

 

AB 1702 (Stone, Mark D) Juveniles: dependent children: reunification services.

This bill absolves courts of providing reunification services when “the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that a specified event has occurred” or “the court finds that the parent or guardian participated in, or consented to, the sexual exploitation of the child,” with related exceptions and provisions.

 

AB 1838 (Ting D) Foster care: infant supplement.

This bill sets infant supplement payment at basic foster family rate for child in a home where parents receive AFDC­FC or Kin­GAP benefits.  Also creates eligibility for pregnant minor/nonminor dependents receive infant supplements during pregnancy.

 

AB 1843 (Stone, Mark D) Applicants for employment: criminal history.

Bill serves to seal juvenile court history and/or custodial detentions from consideration as condition of employment.

 

AB 1849 (Gipson D) Foster youth: transition to independent living: health insurance coverage.

Requires counties verify and ensure youth’s health insurance (MediCal) in 90 day transition plans.

 

AB 1879 (McCarty D) Foster youth: permanency.

Requires courts provide childcentered specialized permanency services to youth 16 and older with no plan of adoption and non-minor dependents.

 

 

AB 1984 (Linder R) Foster youth: enrichment activities.

Bill addresses report to Joint Legislative Budget Committee from State Department of Social Services outlining grant program for foster youth pursuing enrichment activities, including application and review process.

 

AB 1997 (Stone, Mark D) Foster care.

Bill makes changes to resource family approval process and grants power to counties power to rescind, deny, or grant criminal record exemptions.

 

AB 2306 (Frazier D) High school graduation requirements: pupils transferring from juvenile court schools.

Bill alters high school graduation requirements for students transferring from juvenile court schools unless district finds student reasonably able to meet additional requirements in time.

 

AB 2442 (Holden D) Density bonuses.

Bill awards density bonuses to housing developers who dedicate at least 5% of total units for transitional foster youth.

 

AB 2813 (Bloom D) Juvenile offenders: dual­status minors.

Bills requires probation officers work with child welfare services in instances where a youth who may under juvenile court supervision lands in temporary custody.  

 

SB 882 (Hertzberg D) Crimes: public transportation: minors.

This bill prohibits minors from being charged with misdemeanors or infractions for evading payment of fare on public transit systems.  

 

SB 906 (Beall D) Public postsecondary education: priority enrollment systems.

This bill revises definition of foster youth for purposes of priority enrollment at CC, CSU, and UC campuses.

 

SB 942 (Liu D) Dependency proceedings: relative caregivers.

Expands assessment protocol to include able and willing relative caregivers as possible temporary placement options for youth prior to initial dependency hearing.

 

Passed Legislation

SB 1023: Foster Youth Attending Community Colleges

Senator Carol Liu (D-25) introduced Senate Bill 1023, which would provide foster youth at each of California’s 112 community colleges with a range of academic and social support, as part of the existing Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).

AB12 FOSTERING CONNECTIONS TO SUCCESS AND INCREASING ADOPTIONS ACT

 

This bill absolves courts of providing reunification services when “the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that a specified event has occurred” or “the court finds that the parent or guardian participated in, or consented to, the sexual exploitation of the child,” with related exceptions and provisions.

Fostering Connections to Success website:

http://www.cafosteringconnections.org/index.html

AB 545 DEPENDENT CHILDREN: PLACEMENT NONRELATIVE EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBER

This bill, which was authored by Assembly Member Holly Mitchell and sponsored by the Children’s Law Center, expands current law to define a non-related extended family member as somebody who has an established familial relationship with the child or with a relative of the child. This ensures that potential loving caregivers are not overlooked as placement options.

SB 342 FOSTER CHILDREN: SOCIAL WORKER: VISITS

Authored by Senator Leland Yee and co-sponsored by LACY (Legal Advocates for Children and Youth) and CYC (California Youth Connection), this bill will ensure that children’s social workers visit foster children in their foster home or group home placement on a regular basis (rather than in another location such as the social worker’s office) while preserving the important right of the child to request a private conversation with the social worker outside of the placement. The need for this bill is illustrated by recent tragic events across California in which dangerous living conditions resulted in serious and sometimes fatal harm to children.

SB 528 PARENTING FOSTER YOUTH

Authored by Senator Leland Yee and co-sponsored by the Children’s Law Center, the John Burton Foundation, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Public Counsel, this is bill clarifies the right of foster youth to receive age appropriate, medically accurate reproductive health education and services, and directs the Department of Social Services to collect data on parenting and pregnant youth. This bill will help to both reduce teen pregnancy for youth in foster care and to improve outcomes for those teens who do become parents. Sadly, while the rest of the nation is seeing a significant reduction in the number of teen pregnancies, there has not been a similar decline for youth in foster care, who in fact are three times more likely than their peers to become pregnant.

AB 167/490 - EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND STABILITY FOR FOSTER YOUTH

AB 167 exempts pupils in foster care from school district graduation requirements that exceed state graduation requirements if the pupil transfers to the district, or transfers from one high school to another within a district in the 11th or 12th grade if the pupil would not be reasonably able to complete the additional requirements.

California Department of Education resource page:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/pf/fy/resources.asp