Legislative Update

April 05, 2017

CLC has set an ambitious legislative agenda for 2017! We are sponsoring 6 bills to improve outcomes for youth in foster care, in addition to our advocacy with the Legislature and the Governor to secure increased funding for dependency counsel in the coming state budget.
The bills CLC is sponsoring this year are:

AB 625 (Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Buena Park) will ensure that our non-minor clients (age 18 and over) do not face hunger issues. Despite the extension of foster care to 21 years old, a recent California study found that 25% of youth still in care are classified as “food insecure.” We hope to address this crisis by increasing access to food stamps for non-minors in foster care.

AB 766 (Assembly Member Laura Friedman, D-Glendale) will enable a minor who gets accepted into college to reside in the dorms while still receiving the supports and services of the foster care system.

AB 1372 (Assembly Member Mark Stone, D-Santa Cruz; Co-sponsors: Public Counsel and Youth Law Center) will provide important protections for our parenting clients by requiring that a parenting foster youth have an opportunity to consult with his or her attorney prior to relinquishing custody of the foster youth’s child.

AB 1446 (Assembly Member Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova) will promote stability and permanency by requiring a hearing every 15 days for any child residing in a placement meant to be temporary.

SB 213 (Senator Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles; Co-sponsors: Alliance for Children’s Rights, California Welfare Directors Association & Public Counsel) will eliminate the waiver process for prospective relative caregivers and repeal redundant state criminal history restrictions to reduce unnecessary delays in relative placements.

SB 245 (Senator Connie Leyva, D-Buena Park; Co-sponsors: John Burton Foundation & National Center for Youth Law) seeks to decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies among foster children by improving access to reproductive health information and medical services.
We will continue to keep you updated on our progress as the legislative season unfolds. For questions regarding our legislative agenda, contact our Policy Department: Sue Abrams at abramss@clcla.org or John Skoglund at skoglundj@clcla.org.