National Center for Youth Law

STRATEGIES

Fostering Success Fund
California Budget

A 2017 San Francisco Chronicle investigation revealed that California shelters were funneling hundreds of foster children, some as young as 8 years old, into the juvenile justice system. In many cases, children were arrested for behavior that staff should be trained to expect in their jobs – incidents like arguing, shoving, and biting.

The Fostering Success Fund will provide $7.575 million annually for three years to the counties with facilities making 100 or more calls to law enforcement a year or with significant numbers of foster youth crossing over to the delinquency system. $575,000 dollars will be provided for trauma-informed, culturally relevant training to local law enforcement, group home and shelter staff, and $7 million for services for children in group homes and shelters delivered by community-based organizations focused on promoting health and youth development.