Category Archives: Policy

Stepping Up for Foster Youth: A Policy Playbook for California’s Four-Year Universities

John Burton Advocates for Youth has released a new publication, Stepping Up for Foster Youth: A Policy Playbook for California’s Four-Year Universities, highlighting steps that Cal State University and University of California campuses can take to enhance support for foster youth enrolled

Support Letters for SB 12 Needed Now!

Senate Bill 12 would improve post-secondary educational achievement among foster youth by increasing access to financial aid and campus-based services. The bill has passed the legislature and we’re now headed into the hardest part of the process: getting the Governor’s signature,

Priority Registration Expanded

Senate Bill 906 (Beall) was signed by the Governor, making priority registration for foster youth across all three public systems of higher education a permanent benefit. The original bill had been scheduled to sunset at the end of 2016. The bill also

AB 2506 Signed by Governor

Assembly Bill 2506 (Thurmond) was signed into law by Governor Brown last week. The new law restricts the use of Chafee ETV funds at schools that do not meet certain graduation and loan default criteria, a practice in place already for CalGrants.

SB 906 (priority registration) Advances Through Legislature

On August 3rd, Senate Bill 906 (Beall), which would ensure the availability of priority registration for foster youth, low-income students and students with disabilities in college in California, passed unanimously out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. These three categories of

State budget includes $3 million expansion of Chafee grant program

The 2016/2017 state budget, signed by Governor Brown on June 27, included $3 million to expand the Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV), the only source of financial aid for college dedicated solely for foster youth. John Burton Advocates for

CDSS launches centralized foster youth verification system

The California Department of Social Services issued guidance on April 27, 2016 regarding a new process that former foster youth can use to get verification of their foster care status. The guidance describes that former foster youth can contact CDSS

Foster Youth Higher Education Bills Advance Through Legislature

Two bills sponsored by the John Burton Advocates for Youth cleared hurdles recently as they make their way through the legislative process. On April 12, supporters for AB 2506 (Thurmond) convened in Sacramento to provide testimony on behalf of the

AB 854 Expands Linkages Between K-12 and Post-Secondary Education

On October 9, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 854 (Weber) into law, making substantial changes to the Foster Youth Services (FYS) program, housed within County Offices of Education across the state. The bill, which renames the program the Foster Youth Services Coordinating

No Time to Lose: A Policy Agenda to Support College Success for Foster Youth

Over the last decade, California has made important gains in addressing the educational needs of children and youth in foster care, most notably the passage of Assembly Bill 490 in 2004 and more recently, the inclusion of foster youth as

Community College Reforms May Pose Challenges for Foster Youth

SB1456, passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Brown last month, is one of the first steps towards a planned overhaul of California’s Community Colleges. Although aspects of this shift hold promise, thoughtful implementation and a bolstering of resources