Child Welfare

Youth in foster care deserve to be raised in safe, stable, and loving homes, with the supports they need to be healthy, succeed in school, and become independent adults long after their experiences in the child welfare system.

We aim to transform the child welfare system to ensure youth in foster care thrive. We also advocate for changes in the health, education, and early childhood systems that support improved outcomes for youth in foster care.

Our Areas of Work

Home Visiting

Child Welfare

Child Care Needs

Health Care Services

Education Supports

Trauma-Informed Systems


Youth Justice

Child Welfare Policy Roundtable

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. 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.

Prevention Services Inventory

To assist county child welfare agencies, state agencies, and other stakeholders in California with implementing the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), Children Now created a prevention services inventory (Inventory) in Airtable that includes evidence-based programs and services with relevance to FFPSA.

Recent News

The latest on kids’ child welfare news

Meet the child welfare experts.

Children Now’s staff is highly respected across the state for their research, policy, communications, and network building expertise on child-serving systems, financing, programs, and practices. With decades of experience in their specific areas, our experts work closely with policymakers and influential leaders throughout the state to craft, promote, enact and implement scalable change for kids.

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