Category Archives: laws and policy

SB 940: Improving Access to Cal Grant for Foster Youth

This web seminar  discusses SB 940 introduced by Senator Jim Beall to improve access for foster youth to California’s largest financial aid program: the Cal Grant. Panelists reviewed the impetus for the legislation, its three main provisions, and what you

Child Welfare 101

For those who work with foster youth, but not directly in the child welfare system, the complex legal processes of the foster care system can sometimes seem bewildering. How does a child makes their way through the legal detention process?

A Policy Agenda to Improve Foster Care for Young Adults

January 1, 2016 marks the fourth anniversary of the implementation of extended foster care in California, which has provided safe, affordable housing and ongoing supportive services to over 20,000 Non-Minor Dependents. While the policy has been largely successful, the last

It’s the Law 2015 – Policy Changes that Impact Foster and Homeless Youth in California

This webinar provided an overview of the 2015 legislative session. John Burton Advocates for Youth was joined by representatives from other advocacy organizations to explain which bills made it and which didn’t and how these changes will impact foster youth

It’s the Law 2014! Policy Changes that Impact Foster Youth in California

This call featured representatives from six different adovcay organizations whol provided an overview of new laws from the 2013/2014 legislative session that impact foster youth, with a focus on laws that impact the transitional age foster youth population and in

Incorporating Foster Youth in Student Equity Planning

The final 2014-2015 Budget Act includes new student success funding that is contingent upon the development of student equity plans by community college districts. The accompanying budget trailer bill governing implementation added foster youth along with several other new populations

Priority Registration for Foster Youth Two Years Later: Challenges and Triumphs

In 2011, groundbreaking legislation, known as Assembly Bill 194 (AB 194) was enacted, granting current and former foster youth priority registration for enrollment in classes at California State University and Community College campuses and requesting that University of California campuses

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Extended Foster Care

This training provides an overview geared towards education professionals about AB12, legislation implemented in 2012 that extends foster care to the age of 21. Click on the file name below to download a copy of the file. Top Ten Things