November 09, 2015// News

5 Ways To Get Involved During National Adoption Month 2015 from CCAI

I found myself in my forties and I’d never had children. And one night I was watching a show on television, and it was talking about how many older children are in foster care, and I decided it was something I should do.

via Facebook (10/20/2015 Humans Of New York)

Every November, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) celebrates National Adoption Month along with adoption supporters from across the nation. This year the Children’s Bureau’s National Adoption Month initiative focuses on older youth in foster care who need loving, permanent families. CCAI encourages you to join us in raising awareness around the simple truth that you are never too old to deserve a loving family. To help promote this important message, we’ve listed five ways you can get involved this National Adoption Month:


1. Reach out to your Members of Congress and encourage them to cosponsor the National Adoption Day Resolution. Let them know that by cosponsoring they are making a public statement that adoption matters! To locate the contact information for your Senators and Representative visit They can contact Allison Coble at CCAI for more information (202-544-8500 or

2. Attend a National Adoption Day event in your city or state! For a list of events, visit

3. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and your Blog and use the hashtag #nationaladoptionday

4. Know someone going through the adoption process? Adoptive families need all the support they can get. Consider donating financially or sending them an encouraging note, or both!

5. Consider adoption! Not quite sure where to begin? Check out these resources: or contact Allison Coble at CCAI for more information (202-544-8500 or


October 28, 2015// News

CA College Pathways New Report: “Charting the Course”

“Charting the Course: Using Data To Support Foster Youth College Success”  is a one of a kind report covering the experiences of foster youth across 31 statewide higher education campuses.  The report is two part, focusing on community colleges and universities and how prepared foster youth are to persist to graduation.

charting the course

Read more about “Charting the Course” from the Chronicle of Social Change and download the report here.

July 27, 2015// News

Foster Care Infograph

(From SocialWork@Simmons Blog)

Many dedicated social service professionals work very closely with foster care agencies or with children within the foster care system. We have created this graphic in an effort to continue to educate social service professionals about what the latest unbiased and authoritative data collecting bureaus have published in regards foster children and foster families. We also explore the data surrounding some of the outcomes for children who have spent time as part of the system to help us gain perspective on how we can continue to support these children and those who care for them.


July 23, 2015// News

Foster Youth Independence Act (2015)

Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced a bill that if passed will give states who support youth to 21 flexibility to continue helping youth up to age 23.


“By expanding the John H. Chafee Foster Independence Program to age 23 to aged-out foster youth in states that have already expanded eligibility to age 21, foster youth will benefit from the added support of programs designed to prepare them for a successful transition into independence and adulthood. States will also benefit from the flexibility to provide support in the manner that best serves their “aged-out” youth population.”

For more information, please visit Congressmember Bass online:

July 22, 2015// News

Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth

Starting January 1, 2014, former foster youth are entitled to health care to age 26.  Due to temporary technical difficulties and administrative logistics, youth are encouraged to enroll in Medi-Cal through their county. If you or a former foster youth are having difficulties signing up for Medi-Cal, please find this resource from Children Now helpful.

Medi-Cal Enrollment County Contact List: Download