A four-part virtual conference examining some of
our biggest foster care challenges and building practical solutions
9:00AM PT – Friday, October 7, 2022
FOUNDATIONAL CHANGE: National legislation such as the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA – 2018), and state laws such as California’s Community Care Reform Act (CCR – 2015) were intended to improve child welfare. Today, these laws are creating anticipated successes and surprising challenges across the nation’s foster care landscape. Together we will learn from experts closest to these initiatives as we discuss viable solutions for those most adversely affected.
9:00AM PT – Wednesday, October 12, 2022
THE NEW RECRUIT: As we move children and youth in foster care from congregate care to individual homes, our ask of resource parents have shifted. But have our caregiver recruitment and training techniques changed with this shift to finding homes for Transitional Age Youth, Intensive Services Foster Care, youth of color, sibling groups, and LGBTQ+ youth? In this session, we will consider foster parent recruitment, retention, and support techniques that may better match today’s needs.
9:00AM PT – Wednesday, October 19, 2022
CSEC: Children and youth of the foster system are especially targeted by sex traffickers and are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Together we will hear from former Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) youth and professionals to explore the challenge of protecting our children, providing needed services to help those who have been victimized, and caregiver strategies for supporting them.
9:00AM PT – Wednesday, October 26, 2022
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: In this session we examine how the elimination of the federal constitutional right to abortion impacts how we approach reproductive health, rights, and support as related to foster care. Here we look at how to navigate challenges related to this decision, including: how to speak with teens in foster care and their caregivers about birth control and health options, how to support struggling birth parents, and what additional funding, policy, or practice changes may be necessary to address those challenges.
Luciana Svidler | Senior Policy Attorney | Children’s Law Center of California