CLC is a leader in policy advocacy and system reform work. Our efforts are informed by the voices and experiences of the thousands of youth we represent. We work at the local, state and national level to accomplish concrete and immediate improvements to the child welfare system, such as helping to protect sibling rights and relative placements, extending foster care up to age 21, improving educational stability and attainment, and supporting expectant and parenting youth. 

Since 2000, CLC has successfully sponsored over 40 pieces of legislation. We also lobbied the California Legislature to increase funding for dependency counsel statewide, leading to a significant reduction in caseloads.

Current Legislative Work

Our team is currently focusing on the following legislation and policy work.

AB 2051 (ASM Reyes)

Status: This bill is awaiting the ASM Appropriations Hearing.

It protects the strong connection between foster siblings by including them into the visitation provisions of WIC 16002.

AB 1979 (ASM Friedman)

Status: This bill is awaiting the ASM Appropriations Hearing.

It would require the use of housing navigators for non-minor dependents, increase housing capacity, allow for longer holds on beds, and allow resource families to transition to THP-NMD host families.

SB 912 (Beall)

Status: The Senate Human Services Committee Hearing on 5/19/20 amended language into Legislative Counsel

It would allow NMDs to remain in EFC regardless of age or participation requirements during a Governor declared State of Emergency.

Two Year Bills

AB 1324 (ASM Levine)

Status: This bill is awaiting a senate hearing

It would ensure that undocumented children in foster care are provided with legal immigration services.

Past Legislation

Below is a list of CLC-sponsored bills over the past 5 years. For a comprehensive list of bills or for further information on our legislative work, please contact clcpolicyteam@clccal.org.

AB 1068 (ASM Cooley)

Juveniles: dependency: child and family teams

It strengthens the child and family team (CFT) process by ensuring a child in foster care, the child’s family, and other individuals important to the family have a meaningful voice in case planning and placement decisions. This bill is co-sponsored by CLC, Alliance for Children’s Rights.

It was signed by the Governor on 10-12-19.

AB 748 (ASM Gipson)

Nonminor Dependents

Current law unjustly deprives a small subset of youth who experienced foster care as minors from accessing the supports and services of the foster care system after age 18. AB 748 would eliminate barriers to ensure that youth are able to access Extended Foster Care as intended. This bill is co-sponsored by CLC, Alliance for Children’s Rights, CYC,

It was signed by the Governor on 10-9-19.

AB 718 (ASM Eggman)

Dependent Children: documents

It requires the county welfare department to submit reports at review hearings verifying that the county has provided documents, services, and additional financial literacy information, to children approaching the age of nonminor dependency.

It was signed by the Governor on 10-2-19.

AB 2992 (ASM Daly) 

Promoting Positive Law Enforcement Interaction with Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

It requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop a course on commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) and victims of human trafficking. Training would further prepare first responders to utilize appropriate interview techniques and would cover available local and state resources.

AB 2337 (ASM GIPSON)

Closing the Gap for Vulnerable Transition Age Foster Youth

Eliminates barriers to ensure that youth are able to enter or re-enter extended foster care. This proposed legislation will allow a youth, who had been found to be in need of a temporary foster care placement and was in that placement on his or her 18th birthday, to be eligible to be formally “declared” a foster youth after turning 18.

AB 1446 (ASM Cooley)

Foster Child Emergency Placement Check In

It promotes stable placements in foster care by providing increased court oversight of youth residing in temporary, transitional or emergency shelter placements. It requires a periodic review hearing for youth residing in emergency shelter.

SB 1083 (ASM Mitchell)

Making RFA Work: Reducing Barriers for Families

It addresses hurdles in the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process to ensure that the process is supportive of caregivers and foster youth. It requires counties to complete RFA within 90-days and grandfathers-in families who were approved as caregivers prior to RFA. Further requires documentation in the court record regarding the amount and source of financial support a youth is receiving, and permits months spent with a caregiver prior to approval to count toward the durational requirement for exiting foster care to the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment program.

AB 2183 (ASM Rubio)

Making RFA Works for Families – Providing Critical Resources at Time of Placement

It initiates foster care funding at the point that a family has met health and safety standards required in federal law. It requires counties to secure short-term funding for individuals who accept emergency placement while they work to complete the RFA requirements; and initiates School of Origin (SOO) funding at the time of placement.

SB 89

Omnibus Human Services Trailer Bill – Preventing Unintended Pregnancies for Foster Youth

It made statutory changes to implement the 2017-2018 budget. One important change provides funding to increase access to reproductive health information and services for youth in foster care.

AB 97 (ASM Ting)

Budget Act of 2017

It allocated an additional $22 million for court-appointed dependency counsel in order to decrease caseloads for attorneys representing children and families under the jurisdiction of the dependency court.

SB 213 (Mitchell)

Expanding Placements for Children in Foster Care

It reduces unnecessary delays for relative placements for children in foster care and expands the availability of placements by repealing redundant state criminal history restrictions and streamlining the process by which a prospective caregiver’s criminal history is reviewed.

AB 1371 (ASM Stone)

Parenting Dependents and Wards

It requires that parenting foster youth and wards have an opportunity to consult with an attorney prior to relinquishing any custody of their children. This ensures that parenting youth have a full understanding of the terms and implications of a custody agreement.

AB 766 (ASM Friedman)

Support for Minors in College

It provides important support for minors who are accepted into college by enabling them to reside in the dorms while still getting the services and benefits of the foster care system.

SB 831

Omnibus Human Services Trailer Bill – Infant Supplemental Language

It made statutory changes to implement the 2016-2017 budget.  One such change was a substantial increase to the infant supplement, which is a monetary supplement provided for the care of children of dependents. This increase lends critical support to parenting foster youth.

AB 1688 (ASM Rodriguez)

Notice for out of County Placements

It helps ensure children in foster care have a voice in important placement decisions by clarifying existing law regarding the child’s right to be notified when the social worker is considering moving the child out of county