California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed off on several child welfare bills. Senate 150 which increases the funding that current or former youth in foster care can receive for college while at the same time loosening academic standards. Assembly Bill 686 aims to place more Native American children in Native homes. AB 175 expands the Foster Youth Bill of Rights to include recognition of sexual orientation and gender identity,
In Kansas, a new program is working to prevent children from entering foster care. $13 million in grants were awarded to 18 nonprofits as part of the Family First Initiative. This legislation allows money former only available for foster care services to be used for prevention services such as family therapies, substance abuse programs, home visit services and parent skill-building programs. Statewide evaluation to the Family First programs will also evaluate the impact these programs have on reducing children in foster care.
North Dakota Department of Human Services has started implementing the federal Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, which prioritizes keeping families together and the use of early intervention services and programs to prevent children from entering foster care. This legislation is supposed to complement the work already being done to redesign the delivery of social services and improve outcomes for families. This effort involved extensive collaboration among county social services, law enforcement agencies, legislators, and placement, and services providers.
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.