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California’s Child Welfare System: Addressing Disproportionalities and Disparities


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[PDF] Update: Racial and Ethnic Disproportionalities and Disparities in California’s Child Welfare System

April 3, 2024 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Human Services

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[PDF] Update on Analysis and Key Questions: Racial and Ethnic Disproportionalities and Disparities in California’s Child Welfare System

March 22, 2023 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services

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[PDF] Older Youth Access to Foster Care

March 22, 2019 - The Supplemental Report of the 2018-19 Budget Act directed our office to submit a report to the Legislature reviewing data on the reporting of child abuse or neglect incidents among children who are aged 14 to 17 compared to younger children. In this report, we (1) describe how the state’s Child Welfare Services (CWS) system processes child abuse and neglect reports, (2) discuss observed similarities and differences in reporting outcomes between older and younger youth based on available data, (3) specify limitations in our ability to come to definitive conclusions regarding the treatment of reports for older youth compared to younger youth in the CWS system based on available data, and (4) provide recommendations for the collection of additional data to better understand the potential reasons for differences in outcomes between older and younger youth accessing foster care and determine whether policy interventions are appropriate.

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The 2023-24 Budget: Analysis of Child Welfare Proposals and Implementation Updates

February 22, 2023 - California’s children and family programs include an array of services to protect children from abuse and neglect and to keep families safely together when possible. This analysis: (1) provides program background; (2) outlines the Governor’s proposed 2023-24 budget for children and family programs, including child welfare services and foster care programs; (3) provides implementation updates on a number of programs that were funded in the current and prior years; and (4) raises questions and issues for the Legislature to consider.

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[PDF] Initial Analysis and Key Questions: Racial Disproportionalities and Disparities in California’s Child Welfare System

March 9, 2022 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 On Health and Human Services

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The 2022-23 Budget: Analysis of Child Welfare Proposals and Program Implementation Updates

February 22, 2022 - California’s children and family programs include an array of services to protect children from abuse and neglect and to keep families safely together when possible. This analysis: (1) provides program background; (2) outlines the Governor’s proposed 2022-23 budget for children and family programs, including child welfare services and foster care programs; (3) provides implementation updates on a number of programs that were funded in 2021-22; and (4) raises questions and issues for the Legislature to consider as it evaluates the budget proposal.

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Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect: Trends and Issues

August 8, 2013 - This report provides an overview of child abuse and neglect trends, explains the state and county roles in the Child Welfare Services (CWS) system, and examines the outcomes of children involved with the CWS system. In general, CWS outcomes have improved since the last decade. Foster children spend, on average, less time in foster care (which is generally considered a positive trend), are more quickly reunified with their families, and have more permanency in their living situations. However, this report raises several issues for the Legislature to consider in improving outcomes for children in the CWS system. In the report, we discuss how child well-being is not adequately measured in the CWS system and we suggest options for improving the evaluation of child well-being. We also raise issues related to improving group home quality through provider rate reform and accreditation standards. Finally, we make suggestions for how the current 2011 Realignment growth funding allocation process could be modified to provide county incentives for improved performance.

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The 2016-17 Budget: Analysis of the Human Services Budget

February 11, 2016 - We review the Governor's 2016-17 budget proposals for (1) the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) program, (2) In-Home Supportive Services, (3) California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), and (4) Foster Care. Further, we provide the Legislature with key issues to consider when evaluating the Governor's budget proposals.

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[PDF] Overview on Foster Care Group Homes

June 28, 2011 - Assembly Committee on Human Services and Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care Hon. Jim Beall, Chair

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[PDF] Child Welfare Realignment

January 25, 2011 - The Governor’s budget proposal would realign the child welfare system to counties in 2011-12 and shift $1.6 billion in tax revenues to counties in lieu of General Fund. This handout provides information on that proposal.

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[PDF] Child Abuse and Neglect in California

January 5, 1996 - This report presents a variety of information on the subject of child abuse and neglect. It is designed to serve both as a reference document and as a vehicle for stimulating further discussion and policy development on these issues.