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

February 2019: 2019 Child Welfare Legislation and Budget Requests

Alliance for Children’s Rights,
Kristin Power, Senior Policy Associate,

California Youth Connection,
Christina Parker, Policy Coordinator,
Jordan Sosa, Policy Coordinator,

Children Now,
Susanna Kniffen, Senior Director of Child Welfare Policy,

Children’s Law Center,
Julie McCormick, Policy Associate,

County Welfare Directors Assocation,
Diana Boyer, Director of Policy for Child Welfare,

John Burton Advocates for Youth,
Debbie Raucher, Project Director,

National Center for Youth Law,
Anna Johnson, Senior Policy Associate,

Youth Law Center,
Lucy Salcido Carter, Policy Advocate,

Past Meeting Materials

The State’s Responsibility for Children in Foster Care
Greg Rose, Children and Family Services Division,
California Department of Social Services,

County Child Welfare Systems
Loc Nguyen, Child Welfare Policy Consultant,
County Welfare Directors Association,

What Does the Data Tell Us?
Daniel Webster, Senior Research Specialist,
California Child Welfare Indicators Project,

Youth Perspective
Christina Parker, Policy Coordinator,
Anthony Vizcarrondo, Member
California Youth Connection,

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