Southern California Program

Public Counsel Law Center

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
$450,000
June 2017

In October 2015, the California Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) Act was passed, which makes a series of changes in the child welfare system to reduce the use of group homes and other institutions, increase the placement of abused and neglected children and youth in foster and kinship homes and expand supports for this vulnerable population to thrive.  However, pressure to “deinstitutionalize” special needs children and youth before building a stronger network of relative and foster homes and community-based supports could result in multiple placement disruptions and increases in runaway and homeless youth, criminal justice system involvement, and commercial sexual exploitation.  A two-year W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support a collaborative project among Public Counsel Law Center, Children’s Law Center of California and the Alliance for Children’s Rights to ensure that CCR is implemented as intended to improve the lives of Los Angeles County’s foster children.  The three agencies, each with distinct expertise, have developed a multipronged approach that involves policy input, training and direct legal representation to collectively identify and proactively address problems that arise during CCR implementation.

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