Roundtable Overview and Materials

The Child Welfare Policy Roundtable highlights the major child welfare and foster care issues facing California, visions for systemic reform, and policy opportunities to improve the lives of our state’s most vulnerable children and youth. Co-hosted by Children Now and the Assembly Foster Care Select Committee, this monthly meeting features a panel of policymakers, practitioners, advocates and former foster youth and provides an informal opportunity to learn and ask questions about California’s child welfare system. Legislative staff, advocates, stakeholders, and the public are invited to join the conversation. For meeting information, contact Sara Fung at 916-379-5256 ext. 129 or [email protected].

August 2020: CANCELED

Past Meeting Materials

Legislative Analyst’s Office, lao.ca.gov

Angela Short, Fiscal & Policy Analyst, [email protected] 

  • No materials were provided

California Department of Social Services, cdss.ca.gov

Greg Rose, Deputy Director, Children and Family Services Division, [email protected]

  • No materials were provided

County Welfare Directors Association, cwda.org

Frank Mecca, Executive Director, [email protected]

Alliance for Children’s Rights, kids-alliance.org

Angie Schwartz, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, [email protected]

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View a Recording of the Meeting Here

Panelists shared the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on:

Children and Youth Who Have Experienced Prior Trauma
Ken Berrick, CEO, [email protected]
Seneca Family of Agencies, senecafoa.org

  • No materials were provided

Transition Age Foster Youth
Angie Avina, Youth Speaker, [email protected]
VOICES, voicesyouthcenter.org

  • No materials were provided

Birth Families
Dennis Smeal, Executive Director, [email protected]
Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, Inc., ladlinc.org

  • No materials were provided

Caregivers
Jenn Rexroad, Executive Director, [email protected]
California Alliance of Caregivers, cacaregivers.org

County Child Welfare System
Diana Boyer, Director of Policy for Child Welfare, [email protected]
County Welfare Directors Association, cwda.org

Providers
Josh Lepore, Psy.D., Senior Director of Campus Services, [email protected]
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, casapacifica.org

Foster Children and Youth and Families
Rochelle Trochtenberg, CA Foster Care Ombudsperson, [email protected]
Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson, California Department of Social Services, fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov

  • No materials were provided

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California’s Disaster Services
Jennifer Dulay, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator, [email protected]
Adriana Flores, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator, [email protected]
CDSS Disaster Services Bureau, cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/disaster-services-bureau

Sonoma County Experience with Recent Wildfires
Nick Honey, Sonoma County Child Welfare Director, [email protected]
Sonoma County: Family, Youth and Children’s Services Division, sonomacounty.ca.gov/Human-Services/Family-Youth-and-Children-s-Division/

  • Materials were not provided

The Impact of Natural Disasters on Foster Youth and Caregivers
Amber Twitchell, Director, [email protected]
VOICES, voicesyouthcenter.org

  • Materials were not provided

Challenges Experienced by Youth
Kitara McCray—Youth Speaker

  • Materials were not provided

The Child Welfare Disaster Response Account
Sean Hughes, Consultant, [email protected]
Social Change Partners, socialchangepartners.com

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Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org
Kristin Power, Government Relations Director, [email protected]

California Alliance of Child and Family Services, www.cacfs.org
Jackie Rutheiser, Senior Policy Advocate, [email protected] 

California Youth Connection, www.calyouthconn.org
Jordan Sosa, Policy Coordinator, [email protected] 

Children Now, www.childrennow.org
Susanna Kniffen, Senior Director of Child Welfare Policy, [email protected] 

Children’s Law Center, www.clccal.org
Julie McCormick, Policy Associate, [email protected] 

County Welfare Directors Association, www.cwda.org
Diana Boyer, Director of Policy for Child Welfare, [email protected] 

John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbaforyouth.org
Anna Johnson, Senior Project Manager-Housing and Health, [email protected] 

National Center for Youth Law, www.youthlaw.org
Dafna Gozani, Policy Attorney, [email protected]  

Youth Law Center, www.ylc.org
Erin Palacios, Staff Attorney, [email protected]

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Overview of the CSEC Advisory Board

Julie McCormick, Policy Associate, [email protected]
Children’s Law Center of California, www.clccal.org

Housing Challenges & Options for CSEC Youth

La Toya Gix, Crisis Invention Specialist, [email protected]
Family Violence Law Center, www.fvlc.org  

  • No materials were provided

Training Needs (Who Needs Training & What Should Be Included)

Arien Pauls, CSEC Advisory Board member, [email protected]  

  • No materials were provided

Ongoing Criminalization of CSEC

Jessie Slafter, Mental Health Attorney and Social Worker, [email protected]
East Bay Children’s Law Offices, www.ebclo.org  

  • No materials were provided

The Importance of Survivor Involvement (Developing/Implementing CSEC Policy)

Josie Feemster, Human Trafficking Case Manager, [email protected]
Weave, Inc., www.weaveinc.org

  • No materials were provided

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California Department of Social Services, http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/Continuum-of-Care-Reform
Sara Rogers, Branch Manager, Continuum of Care Reform Branch, [email protected]  

  • Materials were not provided

County Welfare Directors Association, www.cwda.org
Loc Nguyen, Child Welfare Policy Consultant, [email protected]

Youth Law Center, www.ylc.org
Lucy Salcido Carter, Policy Advocate, [email protected]
Erin Palacios, Staff Attorney, [email protected]

  • Materials were not provided

California Alliance of Caregivers, www.cacaregivers.org
Jennifer Rexroad, Executive Director, [email protected]

California Alliance of Child and Family Services, www.cacfs.org
Stephanie Ivler, Senior Policy Advocate, [email protected]

Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org
Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, [email protected]

  • Materials were not provided

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California Coalition for Youth, calyouth.org

Jevon Wilkes, Executive Director, [email protected]
Bianca Christian, Program Manager, California Youth Crisis Line, [email protected]

  • No materials were provided

 

California Youth Connection, calyouthconn.org

Qajiai Johnson, CYC Member, Alameda County
Jasmine Harris, CYC Member, Alameda County

 

Journey House, journeyhouseyouth.org

Jesse Aguiar, Beyond Foster Care Director, [email protected]

  • No materials were provided

 

Sierra Forever Families, sierraff.org

Rodanthy Souza, Member-Youth Speak Out
Aja Gordon-Small, Member-Youth Speak Out

 

VOICES Youth Center, voicesyouthcenter.org

Erica Hickey-Smith, Policy Coordinator, [email protected]
Pablo Toscano, Youth Advocate, [email protected] 

 

Youth Engagement Project, cfpic.org/projects/yep

Lauren Mendez, Project Associate, [email protected]
Arielle Rubio, Senior Ambassador, Stanislaus County

  • No materials were provided

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Overview of Immigration Detention & Deportation Systems for Children & Youth
Rachel Prandini, Staff Attorney, [email protected]
Immigrant Legal Resource Center, https://www.ilrc.org/

 

Challenges Faced by Undocumented Foster Youth
Odessa Berry-Powers, Immigration Attorney, [email protected]
Children’s Law Center of California, https://www.clccal.org/

 

Specialized Immigrant Status Unit & County Strategy
Roberta Medina, Deputy Director, Bureau of Specialized Response Services, [email protected]
Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services, https://dcfs.lacounty.gov/

  • No materials were provided

 

Children in ORR Custody
Joyce Capelle, CEO, [email protected]
Crittenton Services for Children and Families, https://crittentonsocal.org/

  • No materials were provided

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Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
Sarah Pauter, Founder and CEO, [email protected]
Phenomenal Families, www.phenomenalfamilies.org

  • No materials were provided


Trauma Informed Practice in Child Welfare
Karleen Jakowski, LMFT, Deputy Branch Director, [email protected]
Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency, Child Youth and Family Branch, https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/child-youth-family-services/child-youth-family


An Update on the State’s Role in Trauma Prevention and Treatment
Lishaun Francis, Associate Director, Health Collaborations, [email protected]
Children Now, www.childrennow.org


Trauma-Informed Care Code of Conduct
Jeff Weiner, Program Manager, [email protected]
Clinton Health Matters Initiative, www.clintonfoundation.org
Vanessa Davis, Rise to Resilience Consultant, [email protected]
Just in Time for Foster Youth, www.jitfosteryouth.org


Youth Perspective
Lauren Mendez, Project Associate, lauren[email protected]
Youth Engagement Project, www.cfpic.org/projects/yep

  • No materials were provided

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What Does the Data Tell Us?
Danielle Wondra, Senior Associate, Child Welfare Policy, [email protected]
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

School Stability
Kristin Power, Senior Policy Associate, [email protected]
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program
Paula Evans, Consultant, [email protected]
California Department of Education, https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/pf/fy/index.asp

FosterEd California
Jessica Maxwell, Deputy Director, [email protected]
National Center for Youth Law, www.foster-ed.org/california/home/

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Office of Foster Care Ombudsperson Foster Child Complaint Investigations

Rochelle Trochtenberg, CA Foster Care Ombudsperson, [email protected]
Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson, California Department of Social Services, https://fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov/

  • No materials were provided

 

Bringing Families Home

Theresa Pena, Senior Policy Analyst, [email protected]
County Welfare Directors Association, www.cwda.org

 

Dependency Counsel

Sue Abrams, Policy Director, [email protected]
Children’s Law Center of California, www.clccal.org

  • No materials were provided

 

Family Urgent Response System

Susanna Kniffen, Senior Director-Child Welfare Policy, [email protected]
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

 

Foster Family Agency Rate

Jackie Rutheiser, Senior Policy Advocate, [email protected]
California Alliance of Child and Family Services, www.cacfs.org

 

Emergency Caregiver Funding

Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, [email protected]
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

  • No materials were provided

 

Housing and Homelessness

Simone Tureck, Associate Policy Director, [email protected]
John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbaforyouth.org

Jevon Wilkes, Executive Director, [email protected]
California Coalition for Youth, www.calyouth.org

 

Juvenile Justice

Briana Zweifler, CA Youth Justice Initiative Fellow, [email protected]
National Center for Youth Law, www.youthlaw.org

  • No materials were provided

 

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CalWORKs Home Visiting Initiative
Natasha Nicolai, Branch Chief—CalWORKs and Child Care, [email protected]
California Department of Social Services, http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/CalWORKsHomeVisitingInitiative

Kim Lewis, Advocate, [email protected]
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

Two-Generations in Child Protection: A Dual Opportunity
Andi Lane Eastman, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, [email protected]
Children’s Data Network, University of Southern California, www.datanetwork.org


Family First Prevention Services Act
Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, [email protected]
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

 Jessica Haspel, Senior Associate-Child Welfare Policy, [email protected]
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

 Sue Abrams, Policy Director, [email protected]
Children’s Law Center, www.clccal.org

  • No handouts were provided.

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Independent Living Program (ILP)
Zoe Larson, Ambassador, [email protected]
Jazzmyn Clark, Ambassador, [email protected]
Youth Engagement Project, www.cfpic.org/projects/yep

 

Employment
Sean Hughes, Consultant, [email protected]
iFoster, www.ifoster.org

 

College Pathways
Debbie Raucher, Project Director, [email protected]
John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbay.org

 

Report: Older Youth Access to Foster Care
Ginni Bella Navarre, Managing Principal Analyst, [email protected]
Legislative Analyst’s Office, www.lao.ca.gov

 

Involuntary Exits from Transitional Housing Programs
Lauren Grayman, Assistant Director of Contra Costa and Solano Programs, [email protected]
First Place for Youth, www.firstplaceforyouth.org

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VOICES: Comprehensive Supports and Services Center for Transition-Age Youth
Andres Cantera, Napa ILP Case Manager, [email protected]
Amber Twitchell, Director, [email protected]
VOICES, www.voicesyouthcenter.org


Transitional Housing Programs
Jessica Durkee, Director, [email protected]
Real Alternatives, www.sidebysideyouth.org/programs/real-alternatives/


TAY Units
Stephanie Sandmeier, Human Services-Program Planner-Extended Foster Care and ILP Programs, [email protected]
Sacramento County Child Protective Services, http://www.dcfas.saccounty.net/CPS/Pages/Independent-Living-Program/SP-ILP-Extended-Foster-Care.aspx

  • No handouts were provided


Extended Foster Care Reform
Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, [email protected]
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

  • No handouts were provided


Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) Reform
Kathy Van Osten, Advocate, [email protected]
John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbaforyouth.org

  • No handouts were provided


What Happens When the System Fails?
Kim Lewis, Advocate, [email protected]
California Coalition for Youth, www.calyouth.org

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Caregiver Recommendations
Jenn Rexroad, Executive Director, [email protected]
California Alliance of Caregivers, www.cacaregivers.org

Resources for Caregivers at the Time of Placement
Kristin Power, Senior Policy Associate, [email protected]
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

Emergency Child Care Bridge for Children in Foster Care
Susanna Kniffen, Senior Director of Child Welfare Policy, [email protected]
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

Foster Parent Recruitment, Retention and Support (FPRRS) and the Family Urgent Response System (FURS)
Diana Boyer, Director of Policy for Child Welfare, [email protected]
County Welfare Directors Association, www.cwda.org

Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI)
Lucy Salcido Carter, Policy Advocate, [email protected]
Youth Law Center, www.ylc.org

Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org
Kristin Power, Senior Policy Associate, [email protected]

California Youth Connection, www.calyouthconn.org
Christina Parker, Policy Coordinator, [email protected]
Jordan Sosa, Policy Coordinator, [email protected]

Children Now, www.childrennow.org
Susanna Kniffen, Senior Director of Child Welfare Policy, [email protected]

Children’s Law Center, www.clccal.org
Julie McCormick, Policy Associate, [email protected]

County Welfare Directors Assocation, www.cwda.org
Diana Boyer, Director of Policy for Child Welfare, [email protected]

John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbaforyouth.org
Debbie Raucher, Project Director, [email protected]

National Center for Youth Law, www.youthlaw.org
Anna Johnson, Senior Policy Associate, [email protected]

Youth Law Center, www.ylc.org
Lucy Salcido Carter, Policy Advocate, [email protected]

The State’s Responsibility for Children in Foster Care
Greg Rose, Children and Family Services Division, [email protected]
California Department of Social Services, www.cdss.ca.gov

County Child Welfare Systems
Loc Nguyen, Child Welfare Policy Consultant, [email protected]
County Welfare Directors Association, www.cwda.org

What Does the Data Tell Us?
Daniel Webster, Senior Research Specialist, [email protected]
California Child Welfare Indicators Project, http://cssr.berkeley.edu/ucb_childwelfare/

Youth Perspective
Christina Parker, Policy Coordinator, [email protected]
Anthony Vizcarrondo, Member
California Youth Connection, www.calyouthconn.org

Lightening Round
Various Speakers Briefly Share their Role in the Child Welfare System

  • No Handouts

Additional Materials Provided:

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 more than 3,000 direct service, parent, civil rights, faith-based and community groups dedicated to improving children’s well-being. Learn more about us at www.childrennow.org.