California foster care law is changing to require all kids to be placed in homes with families and not group homes. Due to the implementation of the Continuum of Care Reform Act, group homes have been reformed into Short Term Residential Therapeutic Programs and are required to provide higher levels of care and short term stays so children do not get lost in the shuffle.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 158 into law. The foster child bill of rights outlines 16 specific rights of youth in foster care, including clothing, food, shelter and a safe, stable family. This bill also removes barriers for adoptive families.
Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards signs law extending the age of foster care to 21 when foster youth turn 18. Senate Bill 109 followed recommendations by former foster youth serving as interns with the Louisiana Institute for Children in Families who recommended the continued support of extended foster care and how it would impact their own lives.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.