As we welcome fall, our development team is absorbed in exciting plans for our upcoming gala. Learn more about our gala, along with highlights from our work this past month. Read the latest from CLC in our September E-Newsletter.

Welcoming Fall and Gala Prep

As our supporters can surely relate, there is a sense of renewed optimism at CLC as we enter a new season- and with it, the possibility for an increased sense of normalcy. News of the imminent approval and availability of the Covid vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be a turning point for not only our staff and their families but for the tens of thousands of youth in foster care as well.  

While we patiently await this next phase and continue taking small but significant steps out of the pandemic, our development team is absorbed in exciting plans for our upcoming gala. This is an event not to be missed! Read on for more details – including this year’s accomplished honorees – and be sure to secure your tickets now. We look forward to seeing you there and raising a glass to a better tomorrow for us all, but especially for our young clients.

Meet Our Art of Advocacy Honorees

CLC is thrilled we can finally meet in person to lift up the experiences and accomplishments of our amazing clients and celebrate the hard work and dedication of our staff and our very special honorees! We are delighted to recognize the following individuals for their commitment to brightening the lives of children and youth in foster care.

Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl has dedicated her career to improving people’s lives. She currently represents the Third District as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Kuehl previously served in the California State Senate and the California State Assembly.

Australian husband-and-wife visual artists, DABSMYLA, employ a shared design language that dictates subject matter, positioning, color theory, and perspective. The duo recently donated several pieces of their colorful and whimsical artwork to shelter care.

Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo was elected to serve in the California State Assembly in December 2017, where she represents the 51st Assembly District (Los Angeles). In the State Assembly, she is a champion for foster youth and the author of a CLC sponsored bill to address racial disparities in the child welfare system.

American Business Bank (ABB)

In honor of our upcoming gala, CLC would like to celebrate and highlight a business partner that believes in our essential work. Each year, American Business Bank (ABB) provides generous support to CLC that is used to empower and uplift the 35,000 children we serve in the California foster care system. We are so grateful for their partnership and continuing dedication to improving the lives of our young clients.We hope you will join us in celebrating ABB’s generosity and commitment to improving children’s lives in foster care.  

If you would like to join ABB as a gala sponsor, visit our website at

In a marathon voting session, the legislative season in Sacramento has come to a close, and we are thrilled to report that 4 CLC-sponsored pieces of legislation are now on the Governor’s desk. We are almost at the finish line, but we need your help. Please urge Governor Newsom to sign these critical bills. Learn more about the bills, and show your support by submitting a letter requesting the Governor’s signature. Find bills and letter templates linked below:   

  • AB 366 (Asm Rubio): Strengthens the law to ensure that siblings remain placed together when in foster care unless there is a safety risk. 
  • AB 670 (Asm Calderon): Provides essential protections for young parents in foster care. 
  • AB 829 (Asm Levine): Protects undocumented children in foster care by enhancing access to legal immigration services. 
  • SB 354 (Sen Skinner): Addresses barriers to placing children with relatives when there are no safety risks but the relatives have a criminal history, which disproportionately impacts families of color. 

If you have any questions, please email Senior Policy Attorney Luciana Svidler. You can find additional information about our sponsored bills on our website

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