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February 23, 2017

Let’s Talk THP-Plus Rates: Regional Housing Costs & Serving Parenting Youth

This web seminar featured Simone Tureck with John Burton Advocates for Youth, Aurora Ibarra with the Fresno Housing Authority, Sachiko Iwata with Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, and Laura Foster with Bill Wilson Center. To promote the full utilization of THP-Plus, John Burton Advocates for Youth proposed a series of strategies, including increasing the rate paid to THP-Plus providers, which in many counties has not kept pace with the growth in housing costs, particularly in the midst of the state’s housing crisis. This webinar outlined two approaches to a rate increase: 1) increasing the rate to reflect the cost of housing in each county, as measured by HUD’s Fair Market Rent; and 2) establishing a higher rate for youth who are custodial parents to reflect the increased costs associated with housing and providing supportive services to parenting youth.

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 February 16, 2017

SB 245: Reducing the Rate of Unintended Pregnancy Among Foster Youth

This web seminar featured Amy Lemley of John Burton Advocates for Youth; Sue Abrams of the Children’s Law Center of California; Alexis Barries, a former foster youth and member of the Healthy Sexual Workgroup convened by the California Department of Social Services; and Rebecca Gudeman of National Center for Youth Law. Presenters shared information about Senate Bill 245 (Leyva), which would reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy among youth in foster care.

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 February 14, 2017

SB 12: Increasing Pell Receipt Among Foster Youth

This web seminar featured Amy Lemley, Debbie Raucher and Martha Joseph of John Burton Advocates for Youth, who shared information about Senate Bill 12 (Beall), which would improve college outcomes for foster youth by increasing access to the Pell Grant, the nation’s largest federal financial aid program.

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February 9, 2017

How to Help Foster Youth Avoid the Remediation Trap and Achieve College Success

This web seminar featured Jessica Petrass with John Burton Advocates for Youth, Dr. Katie Hern with Chabot College and the California Acceleration Project, and Ken Sorey with Educational Results Partnership. Attendees learned about the college matriculation process, how to assist youth with avoiding unnecessary placement in remediation, and some promising practices for addressing remediation needs.

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January 12, 2017

Beyond Case Management: The Essentials of Academic Coaching

This web seminar featured Christina Nicholson with Whole Person Learning, Shanina Shumate with Beyond Emancipation, and Simone Tureck with John Burton Advocates for Youth. Attendees learned about the essential case management components for working with youth attending college.

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November 11, 2016

Collaboratives Supporting Foster Youth to & through College

This web seminar featured Sara Goldware with Beyond Emancipation, Marie Hughes with Family Care Network, and Gabrielle Ridley with Orange Coast College. They presented about existing collaboratives focused on improving post-secondary education accessibility, opportunity and outcomes for current and former foster youth in their respective communities, Alameda County, San Luis Obispo County and Orange County.

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October 26, 2016

2015-16 THP-Plus & THP+FC Annual Report & Legislative Wrap-Up

This web seminar shared the findings and practice and policy recommendations from the FY 2014-15 THP-Plus & THP+FC Annual Report, and also provided an overview of legislation that was enacted over the 2015-16 legislative session related to transition-age youth and child welfare services.

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October 13, 2016

Financial Aid & Foster Youth, Part 1: Completing the FAFSA

This web seminar featured Simone Tureck of the John Burton Foundation and Marisol Ramirez, Financial Aid Technician and Guardian Scholars Coordinator at Pierce College. The goal of this web seminar was to familiarize attendees with the various types of financial aid current and former foster youth may be eligible for, share what typical award packages consist of, and instruct attendees on how to assist current and former foster youth with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This was the first in a 7-part series intended to improve THP-Plus and THP+FC providers’ capacity to support current and prospective college students in their programs. 

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August 25, 2016

Why is California Concerned about the Family First Prevention Services Act?

In June, the federal Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016(FFPSA) was introduced, with the stated goal of the increasing prevention services and reducing the utilization of group homes among children in foster care.

Despite these laudable goals, many California child welfare stakeholders have expressed concerns about numerous unintended consequences of the bill, including restricted access to foster care for children living with relative caregivers, barriers to accessing prevention services, a failure to invest in or improve the quality of foster care placements and many more. This web seminar examines theses issues.

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July 14, 2016

Info Session: THP-Plus/THP+FC Post-Secondary Education Training Series

The John Burton Foundation shared information about the THP-Plus/THP+FC Post-Secondary Education Training Series, a new opportunity for providers to enhance their capacity to support current and prospective college students in their programs. Also discussed were county policies on accepting out-of-county youth in their THP-Plus programs, and timely state policy developments, including the 2016-17 state budget.

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May 12, 2016

Non-Minor Dependents & CalFresh: Questions Answered

This web seminar featured Simone Tureck of the John Burton Foundation, Shawn Mainville of the California Department of Social Services, and Liz Aleman of East Bay Children’s Law Offices. The goal of this web seminar was to help the child welfare community understand how to support non-minor dependents in applying for CalFresh benefits, including how determine income placement by placement, limitations on student eligibility, application process, and more.  

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March 9, 2016

Getting What is Yours: Ensuring Foster Youth and Caregivers Access to the Earned Income Tax Credit

The John Burton Foundation was joined by John Sciamanna of the Child Welfare League of America to present all the need-to-know information about the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a resource for caregivers raising foster children and kin, and for non-minors currently or formerly in the child welfare system who are custodial parents. JBF’s Simone Tureck shared information about the brand new Cal EITC, in addition to an overview of current state legislation and budget proposals being sponsored by JBF.

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March 2, 2016

What Did We Miss: A Policy Agenda to Improve Foster Care for Young Adults

In this training, The John Burton Foundation  together with the National Center for Youth Law, Children’s Law Center and Children’s Advocacy Institute hosted a web seminar to focus on three areas where additional effort is needed to serve older-youth in foster care and provide information about policy initiatives to address these area: Improving post-secondary education outcomes, preventing unplanned pregnancy and improving support for young families in foster care.

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January 14th, 2016

Financial Aid for Foster Youth

In this Web Seminar, Jocelyn Vila and Neyla Parada the various options of financial aid available to foster youth, the amount that each financial aid grant awards, and eligibility criteria. The Web Seminar answers a variety of questions that may arise during the open enrollment period for federal and state financial aid. 

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November 12, 2015

2014-2015 THP-Plus and THP+FC Annual Report Findings

In this training, Amy Lemley unveils the findings of the 2014-15 THP-Plus and THP+FC annual report. This web seminar provides an overview of the newly published report and offers detailed snapshots, data and analysis of both programs.

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October 20, 2015

AB 2668: Supporting Parenting Foster Youth by Providing Emotional and Financial Support

The John Burton Foundation and the Children’s Law Center co-hosted a web seminar to explain the new law that provides parenting Non-Minor Dependents living in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) an additional $200 supplement. 

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September 10, 2015

How do we Know that THP+FC Works?: Unveiling the THP+FC Participant Tracking System

Cecilia Tran and Amy Lemley unveil the John Burton Foundation’s new THP+FC Participant Tracking System, a new database tracking demographic and outcome data for THP+FC participants. This new system is modeled after the THP-Plus PTS developed with consultation from CDSS, counties and providers to track the same information for THP-Plus participants. The web seminar discusses the functions of the system and how providers and counties can utilize this database to improve programs, strengthen advocacy efforts, support fundraising efforts and boosting staff morale. 

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August 18, 2015

Permanent Affordable Housing for TAY

On this call, JBF’s housing expert Debbie Raucher provided an overview of permanent, affordable housing options for Transition-Age Youth and walked providers through the ways in which they could best assist their program participants in accessing these long-term housing units. The highlight topic was followed by brief updates on the THP+FC workgroup, new information about the THP-Plus Realignment report and a status report on the development of the THP+FC Participant Tracking System.

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July 9, 2015

Topics: CA Child Welfare Legislation and Budget Highlights, New THP+FC numbers and Save the Date for the 2015 THP-Plus and THP+FC Institute

This conference call includes an overview of the 2015-16 California Budget as it pertains to child welfare budget proposals as well as policy updates on child welfare bills moving forward that are likely to impact THP-Plus and THP+FC participants. Amy Lemley provides updates on the latest THP+FC numbers from UC Berkeley’s CA Child Welfare Indicators Projects. Lastly, we announce the 2015 THP-Plus and THP+FC Institute including a request for workshop proposals and also introduce the idea of a potential JBF project to improve higher education outcomes for THP-Plus and THP+FC  participants. 

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May 14, 2015

Topics: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, Realignment Financial Report, Status of the THP-Plus Augmentation Budget Request and Upcoming Launch of the THP+FC Participant Tracking System

The conference call includes information from Becky Griesse of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies on providing foster youth with accurate information on reproductive health care services and information. She offers guidance on several key online resources to support case managers. Amy Lemley provides policy updates on the status of the request to augment the THP-Plus budget by $30 million and announces the THP+FC Participant Tracking System, which is slated to be completed by the end of summer 2015. Also discussed, is the recently released Realignment Financial report from the Department of Social Services which lists the amount claimed by each county for THP-Plus.

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April 9, 2015

Property Procurement and Management Training for THP-Plus and THP+FC Providers

This training aims to provide THP-Plus and THP+FC providers with insights from long-time providers on procuring property, property management, tenancy training and the benefits and challenges of different leasing structures. The presenters reflect the experiences of both THP-Plus and THP+FC providers from different regions in California. 

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March 12, 2015

Understanding Post-Secondary Education Options for Foster Youth and Methods to to Motivate and Inspire Higher Education Attainment (Part 2 of 2 Higher Ed Series)

CA College Pathways Director Debbie Raucher and a foster youth ambassador discuss the resources available to foster youth striving to enter and complete a degree in higher education. 

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February 12, 2015

Understanding Post-Secondary Education Options for Foster Youth and Methods to to Motivate and Inspire Higher Education Attainment (Part 1 of 2 Higher Ed Series)

CA College Pathways Director Debbie Raucher and a foster youth ambassador discuss the resources available to foster youth striving to enter and complete a degree in higher education. 

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