National Center for Youth Law

Legislation Strategies

Improving FAFSA Completion for Youth in Foster Care (2020) - SB 860 (Beall)

California’s SB 860 advances education equity for youth in foster care by improving coordination to support them with completing Free

Fostering Success Fund (2019) - California Budget

In 2018, California took a major step towards addressing the criminalization of foster youth for minor behaviors and low-level offenses

Protecting Foster Youth from Abuse and Neglect (2019) - AB 395 (Rubio)

This is a continuing effort to address the troubling findings by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of

Fostering Success Fund (2018) - California Budget

A 2017 San Francisco Chronicle investigation revealed that California shelters were funneling hundreds of foster children, some as young as

Protecting Foster Youth From Abuse (2018) - AB 2323 (Rubio)

Findings by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveal California has done a

Preventing Unintended Pregnancy Among Foster Youth - SB 245

While the rate of unintended pregnancy among teens and young adults in the United States has reached a 30‐year low,

Judicial Authorization of Psychotropic Drug Administration to Foster Children - SB 253

This legislation initially attempted to  mandate the application of health care standards by the judiciary when authorizing psychotropic drugs to

Monitoring Group Homes for Excessive Use of Psychotropic Medication - SB 484

More than half of California foster children in group homes are sedated with powerful chemical restraints. Inadequate oversight encourages over-reliance

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