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In 2015, California passed Assembly Bill 403, major legislation that over the next few years will significantly reform the state’s child welfare system. This legislation, known as the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), was designed to ensure children in foster care have the greatest chance of growing up with a family that provides them the individualized care and support they need to achieve permanency. A key objective of CCR is the drastic decrease in reliance on group homes and institutional settings as placement options. While this reform promises to improve the daily lives and outcomes of our children and youth in foster care, especially teenagers and youth with special needs, agencies like ours will take on additional responsibilities in complying with the legislation and meeting the needs for additional foster/adoptive families and enhanced services to children, youth, and families.
In response to CCR, which begin to take effect in January 2017, we are exploring and developing strategic initiatives to respond to and influence these policy changes, including:
We also aim to collaborate closely with our partners in the field and share information to guide one another in effectively implementing CCR changes within our agencies. In February 2016, we held a County-wide policy summit to unpack CCR, discuss what the changes mean for child welfare agencies, and share collective strategies for recruiting a larger pool of families and for effectively meeting the needs of teenagers transitioning out of group care. Over 100 participants were in attendance, representing 21 different foster family agencies, as well as a variety of group homes, LA County government agencies, philanthropic partners, and other social services and youth-serving agencies.
ExtraordinaryFamilies is a leading nonprofit foster family, adoption and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the daily lives, and long-term outcomes of children impacted by child welfare, from newborn to young adults.
Working with children and families, we combine best practices with proven research and advocacy to create visionary policies, innovative programs and scalable services that produce measurable improvements in the lives of children and families involved in child welfare or at risk of involvement.
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