Stay Informed

News & Updates

Recent News

Article The Chronicle of Social Change

Three Strategies That Helped San Francisco Increase Foster Home Applications by 300 Percent

January 26, 2018

By Felicia Curcuru

Efforts like Continuum of Care Reform in California are part of the statewide goal to place more foster youth in family settings. However, many county child welfare agencies are struggling to meet these goals due to a shortage of available resource families, a group that includes both foster parents and kinship caregivers.


Contribute to County Employees Affected by the Wildfires
Many county human services agency employees lost homes as they served their neighbors

CWDA has created a YouCaring fundraising site to collect donations to assist county human services department employees who lost their homes in the recent wildfires.

At this time we know of employees in Napa and Sonoma Counties who lost their homes. We will add additional counties as we become aware of employees affected in other areas.

Please consider donating. All donations will be divided evenly among those we know of who lost their homes in the fire.


CWDA Bills Signed by Governor Brown
2017 Legislative Signing Period Ended At Midnight Sunday, October 15

The Governor wrapped up his signatures and vetoes of all bills on his desk just before the midnight deadline on Sunday, October 15. CWDA had several sponsored bills signed this session.


CWDA Joins State, Counties and CBOs to Seek FFPSA Changes
Consideration of Families First Should Incorporate California Coalition's Consensus Amendments

As Congress considers whether to pass a version of the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in the current year, CWDA has joined with the California Department of Social Services, the California State Association of Counties and numerous advocacy organizations to request amendments to the bill prior to its passage.

For more information, please see the attached letters.

CDSS-CSAC-CWDA Letter to Rep. Pelosi (10-11-17)

California Coalition Letter to Rep. Pelosi (10-16-17)

California Coalition Letter to Rep. McCarthy (10-16-17)

Blog Posts

Blog post Callie Freitag

Victims of Elder Abuse Are Being Forced into Homelessness at an Alarming Rate

Home Safe program would help counties step in to protect vulnerable adults

Alice* weighed only 80 pounds when she was rushed to the hospital last year by ambulance. At 80 years old, with limited mobility, she was terrified to return home to her daughter and adult grandsons. Alice knew the brutal neglect she had suffered would only continue. These family members refused to help Alice get to the kitchen to eat, or to the bathroom to use the toilet. She was often left to soil her bed.