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 sfung@childrennow.org.

September 2019: Trauma & Resilience—A Child Welfare Perspective

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Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
Sarah Pauter, Founder and CEO, sarah.pauter@phenomenalfamilies.org
Phenomenal Families, www.phenomenalfamilies.org

  • No materials were provided


Trauma Informed Practice in Child Welfare
Karleen Jakowski, LMFT, Deputy Branch Director, karleen.jakowski@yolocounty.org
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, lfrancis@childrennow.org
Children Now, www.childrennow.org


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


Youth Perspective
Lauren Mendez, Project Associate, lauren.mendez@cfpic.org
Youth Engagement Project, www.cfpic.org/projects/yep

  • No materials were provided

Past Meeting Materials

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What Does the Data Tell Us?
Danielle Wondra, Senior Associate, Child Welfare Policy, dwondra@childrennow.org
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

School Stability
Kristin Power, Senior Policy Associate, k.power@kids-alliance.org
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

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

FosterEd California
Jessica Maxwell, Deputy Director, jmaxwell@youthlaw.org
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, rochelle.trochtenberg@dss.ca.gov
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, tpena@cwda.org
County Welfare Directors Association, www.cwda.org

 

Dependency Counsel

Sue Abrams, Policy Director, abramss@clcla.org
Children’s Law Center of California, www.clccal.org

  • No materials were provided

 

Family Urgent Response System

Susanna Kniffen, Senior Director-Child Welfare Policy, skniffen@childrennow.org
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

 

Foster Family Agency Rate

Jackie Rutheiser, Senior Policy Advocate, jrutheiser@cacfs.org
California Alliance of Child and Family Services, www.cacfs.org

 

Emergency Caregiver Funding

Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, a.schwartz@kids-alliance.org
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

  • No materials were provided

 

Housing and Homelessness

Simone Tureck, Associate Policy Director, simone@jbay.org
John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbaforyouth.org

Jevon Wilkes, Executive Director, jevon@calyouth.org
California Coalition for Youth, www.calyouth.org

 

Juvenile Justice

Briana Zweifler, CA Youth Justice Initiative Fellow, bzweifler@youthlaw.org
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, natasha.nicolai@dss.ca.gov
California Department of Social Services, http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/CalWORKsHomeVisitingInitiative

Kim Lewis, Advocate, klewis@hrdowden.com
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

Two-Generations in Child Protection: A Dual Opportunity
Andi Lane Eastman, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, andrea.eastman@usc.edu
Children’s Data Network, University of Southern California, www.datanetwork.org


Family First Prevention Services Act
Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, a.schwartz@kids-alliance.org
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

 Jessica Haspel, Senior Associate-Child Welfare Policy, jhaspel@childrennow.org
Children Now, www.childrennow.org

 Sue Abrams, Policy Director, abramss@clcla.org
Children’s Law Center, www.clccal.org

  • No handouts were provided.

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Independent Living Program (ILP)
Zoe Larson, Ambassador, zoesacramentoyep@gmail.com
Jazzmyn Clark, Ambassador, clarkj@dcfs.lacounty.gov
Youth Engagement Project, www.cfpic.org/projects/yep

 

Employment
Sean Hughes, Consultant, sean@socialchangepartners.com
iFoster, www.ifoster.org

 

College Pathways
Debbie Raucher, Project Director, debbie@jbay.org
John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbay.org

 

Report: Older Youth Access to Foster Care
Ginni Bella Navarre, Managing Principal Analyst, ginni.bella@lao.ca.gov
Legislative Analyst’s Office, www.lao.ca.gov

 

Involuntary Exits from Transitional Housing Programs
Lauren Grayman, Assistant Director of Contra Costa and Solano Programs, lgrayman@firstplaceforyouth.org
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, andres@voicesyouthcenter.org
Amber Twitchell, Director, amber@onthemovebayarea.org
VOICES, www.voicesyouthcenter.org


Transitional Housing Programs
Jessica Durkee, Director, jdurkee@sidebysideyouth.org
Real Alternatives, www.sidebysideyouth.org/programs/real-alternatives/


TAY Units
Stephanie Sandmeier, Human Services-Program Planner-Extended Foster Care and ILP Programs, sandms@saccounty.net
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, a.schwartz@kids-alliance.org
Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org

  • No handouts were provided


Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) Reform
Kathy Van Osten, Advocate, kvanosten@mvmstrategy.com
John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbaforyouth.org

  • No handouts were provided


What Happens When the System Fails?
Kim Lewis, Advocate, klewis@hrdowden.com
California Coalition for Youth, www.calyouth.org

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Caregiver Recommendations
Jenn Rexroad, Executive Director, jrexroad@cacaregivers.org
California Alliance of Caregivers, www.cacaregivers.org

Resources for Caregivers at the Time of Placement
Kristin Power, Senior Policy Associate, k.power@kids-alliance.org
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, skniffen@childrennow.org
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, dboyer@cwda.org
County Welfare Directors Association, www.cwda.org

Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI)
Lucy Salcido Carter, Policy Advocate, lcarter@ylc.org
Youth Law Center, www.ylc.org

Alliance for Children’s Rights, www.kids-alliance.org
Kristin Power, Senior Policy Associate, k.power@kids-alliance.org

California Youth Connection, www.calyouthconn.org
Christina Parker, Policy Coordinator, christina@calyouthconn.org
Jordan Sosa, Policy Coordinator, jordan@calyouthconn.org

Children Now, www.childrennow.org
Susanna Kniffen, Senior Director of Child Welfare Policy, skniffen@childrennow.org

Children’s Law Center, www.clccal.org
Julie McCormick, Policy Associate, mccormickj@clcla.org

County Welfare Directors Assocation, www.cwda.org
Diana Boyer, Director of Policy for Child Welfare, dboyer@cwda.org

John Burton Advocates for Youth, www.jbaforyouth.org
Debbie Raucher, Project Director, debbie@jbay.org

National Center for Youth Law, www.youthlaw.org
Anna Johnson, Senior Policy Associate, ajohnson@youthlaw.org

Youth Law Center, www.ylc.org
Lucy Salcido Carter, Policy Advocate, lcarter@ylc.org

The State’s Responsibility for Children in Foster Care
Greg Rose, Children and Family Services Division, greg.rose@cdss.ca.gov
California Department of Social Services, www.cdss.ca.gov

County Child Welfare Systems
Loc Nguyen, Child Welfare Policy Consultant, lnguyen@cwda.org
County Welfare Directors Association, www.cwda.org

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

Youth Perspective
Christina Parker, Policy Coordinator, christina@calyouthconn.org
Anthony Vizcarrondo, Member
California Youth Connection, www.calyouthconn.org

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

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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.