Courageous Conversations

June 14, 2023

We are excited to share a special message for Alicia Smith of the Foster Together Network: Dear DCFS (Department of Child & Family Services) Friends & Colleagues, As a Black former foster youth and a fellow DCFS social worker in training, I invite you to embrace the opportunities we ea...

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Tax Filing & Tax Credit Resources

May 3, 2023

Needed! Adult supporters of current/former foster youth ages 18-25! The CA Foster Youth Tax Credit is a new benefit for foster youth ages 18-25. There are many reasons why current and former foster youth should file their taxes (download document): DECREASES POVERTY - Assisting foster yout...

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Caring For Black Children’s Hair

September 13, 2021

Research shows that when children need out of home care due to abuse and neglect, they do best in the homes of relatives or friends. If that is not possible, it is best that children remain in their community, and with a family of their same cultural background. This is not always possible due to th...

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Social Security Benefits for Children and Youth in Foster Care

July 20, 2021

The Marshall Project recently published a compelling article Foster Care Agencies Take Thousands of Dollars Owed to Kids that led to a resurgence of discussion around the ongoing issue of how children and youth in foster care receive the social security benefits they are entitled to. The Child Welfa...

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Supporting LGBTQ Youth

June 8, 2021

June is National Pride Month. As resource families, we have a unique role in ensuring that LGBTQ youth in foster care receive the respect and care they need to heal and thrive. LGBTQ youth are even more vulnerable than non-LGBTQ youth in foster care. Alarming statistics from the Children's Partnersh...

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Supports for Students with Unique Needs as School Re-Open

May 26, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on an extreme amount of hardship for foster youth in school. After adjusting to online learning and/or hybrid models for the past year, foster youth are adjusting again to various levels of in-person or hybrid learning. All of these changes have affected the way tha...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 17, 2021

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and California Alliance of Caregivers wants to stress the importance of caring for your mental health just as much as you care about your physical health. Just as there are exercises and healthy habits for the body, there are also exercises and healthy h...

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