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.

February 2019: 2019 Child Welfare Legislation and Budget Requests

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

Past Meeting Materials

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

  • No Handouts

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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.