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Assembly Budget Includes Child Care Assistance for Foster Families
CWDA, The Alliance for Children's Rights Commend Action as Critical to Keeping Siblings Together & Improving Child Well-Being

Many of our youngest foster children are languishing in shelters because long waiting lists for state subsidized child care are frustrating county efforts to recruit and retain otherwise willing foster parents. On Tuesday, California’s Assembly voted to include $22 million in the forthcoming budget for a child care bridge proposal that would provide time-limited child care vouchers for the youngest of these children, ages 0 – 3. The request for funding was proposed by a broad coalition of child welfare and child care advocates, led by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

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Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Campaign Toolkit Launched

The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) is raising awareness about elder and dependent adult abuse by launching a month-long education and resource campaign this June. The purpose of the campaign is to educate Californians about the different types of abuse, how to recognize them, and how to report abuse to the appropriate local Adult Protective Services agency.

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Lifeline to a Secure Future – CalWORKs HSP in Santa Clara County

A survivor of domestic violence, single mother Marquita spent her night fearfully sleeping in her car, the last safe haven she and her daughter could find. When she reached out to the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s CalWORKs program for help, she was immediately referred to the Family Services Unit for specialized support in her time of need.

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San Luis Obispo County Launches My Life Lens
Participants use photos to show daily struggles

San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services has launched My Life Lens, a project to shed light on the daily realities of families living with financial stress in the county. Instead of using statistics and charts, the project team reached out to members of the community and asked them to share and show their stories.

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Child Sex Trafficking Victims Deserve Protection and Support

The headline reads, “Dozens arrested in sex trafficking bust in Colorado.” Buried deeper in the story from April 27 about the adults arrested for trafficking and prostitution: among the children recovered was a 15-year-old victim who was transported to Colorado from California.

That 15-year-old child could have come from your community.