With the leadership of CYC, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) introduced AB 2247 immediately following our Day at the Capitol 2018. Our legislative priority for the year, this bill will set the foundation for a youth-centered process for planning stability. Prior to making a change in placement, AB 2247 would require that the social worker or placing agency implement an appropriate plan, including family meetings, restorative justice, and facilitated mediation. If a placement change is necessary, it must occur with prior notice and with procedures to protect the foster youth’s well-being. Read Assemblymember Gipson’s press release, and stay tuned for updates here and on our CYC Facebook page.
Watch our #FosterStability video.
See the bill pass out of the Senate Human Services Committee after Testimony at 1:36 by CYC Members Quijai and Katarina!
This powerful podcast, How to Change the World, was recorded at Day at the Capitol by CYC board member Miguel Almodovar. Miguel interviews fellow CYC members who explain AB 2247 and why it is so critically needed.
“This bill will help influence normalcy in a youth’s life. Having a team meeting should be just like having a family talk about issues in the household to strengthen the family because at the end of the day it’s about permanency.”
—Erica Hickey, CYC board member and former CYC membe
Local/RegionalLocal policy engagement has always been at the heart of CYC’s work. Indeed, our statewide policy agenda and advocacy work arises from our members’ experience and organizing in their own counties. With much of California’s child welfare decision-making now in the hands of the 58 counties, our statewide network of county-based chapters must increasingly advocate with their local departments, boards, and communities while also working to change statewide policy. Each chapter determines their own leadership structure, with members facilitating all chapter meetings, and working within their own communities to identify challenges facing foster youth in their county. They then meet with their local policymakers and child welfare leaders to propose policy solutions. Local volunteer supporters and CYC staff provide key assistance to our members while upholding our youth leadership principles. Prepared through youth-led training in public speaking and advocacy, members engage directly with their own communities to improve local child welfare practice, and inform foster youth of their rights and resources.
StatewideAs a Result of Our Legislative & Policy Advocacy in California:
- The Foster Youth Bill of Rights, developed by CYC, is written into law.
- Foster youth have the option to remain in care up to age 21.
- Foster youth are covered by MediCal up to age 21.
- Foster youth ages 16–24 have access to transitional housing.
- Foster youth have priority in securing student housing on college campuses.
- The process of applying for a driver’s license is more equitable for foster youth.
- Judges ensure that foster youth aging out of care have all of their documents in their possession, including birth certificates and social security cards, by utilizing a checklist.
- Foster youth can contact the state foster care ombudsperson when they have concerns about their rights.
- Youth in foster care have the right to visit their siblings.
- More foster youth are prepared for college, with increased financial resources to attend.