2023 Key Child Welfare Policy Issues
These resources highlight policy opportunities in 2023 to help ensure children and youth currently or formerly in foster care find safety, stability and success, and to learn more about California’s child welfare system.
Children and youth in foster care and their caregivers deal with a unique set of challenges in the wake of a natural disaster.
Independent Living Program
Barriers exist that prevent young people in foster care from engaging in and benefitting from ILP as intended.
Youth currently or formerly in foster care face multiple barriers to securing and maintaining meaningful employment.
Education of Students in Foster Care
With proper supports and services, students in foster care can overcome the unique barriers to education they face and thrive academically.
California Healthcare Reforms Impacting Current and Former Foster Youth
There are a variety of healthcare reform initiatives underway that will impact children and youth who have been involved with the child welfare system.
Family Urgent Response System (FURS) Implementation
FURS provides children and youth currently or formerly in foster care and their caregivers access to 24/7 trauma-informed supports.
Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Current and Former Foster Youth
To heal from prior trauma, youth currently and formerly in foster care need access to comprehensive health services tailored to their individual needs.
Opportunities to Learn More
Child Welfare Policy Roundtable
Co-hosted by the Assembly Foster Care Select Committee and Children Now, this monthly meeting highlights the major child welfare and foster care issues facing California.
Child Welfare Policy at Children Now
We aim to transform the child welfare system to ensure youth in foster care thrive.
About Children Now
Children Now is a nonpartisan, multi-issue research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education in California. The organization also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a network of direct service, parent, civil rights, faith-based and community groups dedicated to improving children’s well-being. Learn more about us here.