Christopher Hernandez


Christopher is the Statewide Legislative Coordinator at California Youth Connection (CYC), with a background in foster care and a Bachelor’s in Political Science. His hope is to ensure the safety and well-being of all children in care both statewide and nationally through legislative and policy implementation. 

Christopher’s involvement in CYC started in 2016 when he joined the Shasta Chapter. He then pursued statewide advocacy through the facilitation team and the Legislative and Policy Committee. Christopher’s enthusiasm grew for advocacy, youth leadership, and legislative practices after working on Assembly Bill 2247. The membership at CYC partnered with Assemblymember Gibson to turn youth stability into a priority for California child welfare. Due to the successful creation and implementation of Assembly Bill 2247, children throughout California can be given an opportunity of stability in order to feel safe enough to heal. Christopher has also worked with the California Department of Social Services to educate resource parents and social workers on the importance of Child Family Team (CFT) meetings and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment.

Christopher seeks to grow his influence in the child welfare community in order to better empower and encourage youth leadership statewide and nationally. In his spare time Christopher loves to spend time with family and friends, he also enjoys board games such as Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride.