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California Receives Federal Grant to Enhance Adult Protective Services

California is among 13 states receiving a grant for its Adult Protective Services (APS) system to address the abuse, neglect, and exploitations of older adults and people with disabilities.

Legislation

Governor Signs AB 1702 to Protect Sexually Exploited Minors
New Legislation Allows Additional Safeguards for Sexually Exploited Children and Youth

California children who are sexually exploited received additional protections when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on August 17 allowing courts to deny reunification to parents or guardians who knowingly participated in, or permitted, the sexual exploitation of a child who is brought into the child welfare system. 

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Assembly Passes SB 1322 (Mitchell): There is No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute

The Assembly passed SB 1322 by Sen. Holly Mitchell on Thursday, August 18, a bill that would stop authorities from treating children who are victims of sex trafficking as criminals. The bill now heads back to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

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CWDA and CBHDA Leadership Convening Presentations

On July 13, 2016, members from CWDA, County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA) and probation leaders came together for a leadership convening to share information about the child welfare and behavioral health systems and to discuss strategies for strengthening implementation of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR).

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Flawed, Rushed Family First Bill Undermines Thoughtful Child Welfare Reform
Reasonable fixes should be adopted by Congress prior to passage.

In the world of policy, decision makers try to balance the needs of various constituencies to drive toward incremental change. Reform efforts that start with the best of intentions can have unintended consequences, often for the very people they are trying to help. However, when we know what the consequences are before legislation is passed, we can follow the cardinal rule of any intervention: First, do no harm.