California Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved passage of dedicated programs and services for LGBTQ+ foster youth. According to research by the Los Angeles LGBT Center's RISE program states that LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system with over 30 percent identified as LGBTQ. These youth have been considered invisible and support often comes too late. These new programs will implement culturally competent trainings and support for the Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Probation specific to the LGBTQ+ foster youth needs.
A New York legislation is looking to raise the standard of proof to substantiate allegations of child neglect and to make it easier for parents to get off the register by allowing them more opportunities to seal their listing and their record after eight years. This bill is being put forward to decrease the effect of racial bias of children in the foster care system by providing anti-bias training for child welfare staff. Advocates are also pushing for lawmakers to pass legislation that would provide legal representation for parents caught up in the child welfare system.
US - Collaboration between Child Welfare agencies and child support agencies can help establish or enforce support for families. Collaborations can improve both agencies understanding of how services in each program can benefit families. Cross program training collaboration will be greatly beneficial and case-specific communication in regular meetings will improves services for families. Scott Lekan, Commissioner of the Office of Child Support Enforcement encourages the sharing of practices to replicate programs and approaches that are successful.
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.