Entries by jbaforyouth

RAND Report Finds Combination of Prevention + Treatment Services = Decrease in Child Maltreatment

A re-released study from RAND has concluded that a combination of increased prevention and treatment services will reduce child maltreatment two to four percent. The study, originally released in May and funded by the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative was re-released in December and draws its conclusions from a quantitative model that simulated how children enter […]

State Clarifies Foster Care System, Not Criminal Justice, is the System for CSEC Victims

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has released guidance to counties informing them of the changes made by Senate Bill 1322 (Mitchell), which prohibits the arrest or prosecution of a minor for crimes of soliciting or engaging in any act of prostitution for money or other consideration, or loitering with the intent to commit […]

State Clarifies NMDs’ Right to Privacy & Decision-Making Regarding Medical Care

The California Department of Social Services has released an errata to All County Letter 17-22, making clarifications about health assessment and dental referral periodicity schedules for children, youth and non-minor dependents (NMDs) in foster care. The original ACL stated that children, youth and NMDs must receive timely health and dental exams based on the Child Health […]

New State Data Show Foster Children Experience Highest Rate of Chronic Absenteeism

The California Department of Education has released its first-ever statewide analysis of chronic absenteeism. Statewide, 10.4% of California’s 6.4 million students experienced chronic absenteeism in the 2016-17 school year, which is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school days in a school year. This statewide rate varied considerably between student subgroups and […]

CalYOUTH Brief Finds Higher Rates of Psych Med Use among LGBTQ Youth

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has released a new issue brief from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood (CalYOUTH) Study, “The Use of Psychotropic Medications over Time among Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood.” According to the study, sexual minority youth were more likely than heterosexual youth to screen positive for a behavioral health […]

Over 30 Counties Have Joined the California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge

Over 30 counties have signed on for the California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge! Launched by John Burton Advocates for Youth in partnership with the California Department of Education’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the campaign aims to increase the number of foster youth who are prepared for success as they […]

Fall 2017 School Enrollment Up from Last Year for Youth in THP+FC & THP-Plus

John Burton Advocates for Youth has released program snapshots for the two transitional housing programs for current and former foster youth. These snapshots are released quarterly and provide moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate data for the THP+FC and THP-Plus programs in the areas of education, employment and income, involvement with the criminal justice system, and parenting status. […]

Questions about the New Emergency Child Care Bridge Program? Ask CDSS

The California Department of Social Services Child Care Programs Bureau has released a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the implementation of the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children. As shared in more detail in a previous newsletter, The Bridge Program addresses lack of child care as a barrier for potential families seeking to […]

Some Phase II Rates Under Continuum of Care Reform Delayed Until February

The California Department of Social Services has released an All County Letter announcing the delay of the Level-of-Care (LOC) Rate Determination Protocol until February 1, 2018 in order to provide additional time to counties to train their workforce and establish clear procedures regarding the appropriate use of the LOC Protocol. As described in a previously […]