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Coalition Letter on Family First Prevention Services Act

The organizations below respectfully request your support for an augmentation of $50 million General Fund (GF) in FY 2021-22, and $100 million on-going, to build locally driven services and supports for children, youth and families at risk of entering foster care. The goal of this effort is to keep families safely together and prevent the need for entries into the foster care system whenever possible.

Press release

County Leaders Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis

Organizations representing California’s county behavioral health, human services, public health, and public hospital systems today released a powerful, unified statement acknowledging the “historic and ongoing harms of systemic racism” and committing to address those harms through client and community-centered action and accountability.  They join local governments around California and the country, including the boards of supervisors in at least nine California counties, in declaring racism a public health crisis. 

Press release

CWDA Praises American Rescue Plan’s Landmark Investment in Reducing Child Poverty, Urges California to Direct State Allocation to Most Underserved Families

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) of California released the following statement from Executive Director Cathy Senderling-McDonald today after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan:

Federal Update

CWDA Celebrates End of Cruel Public Charge Expansion

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) of California released the following statement from Executive Director Cathy Senderling-McDonald today after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to rule on Trump-administration changes to the “public charge” rule that could be used to deny individuals entry to the United States and withhold the granting of lawful permanent residence (i.e., “green cards”) to beneficiaries of certain public programs. 

Blog Posts

Blog post Frank J. Mecca, CWDA Executive Director

Governor Newsom: Support Legislature’s Plan to Protect Abused Children & Seniors
The future of our most vulnerable is in your hands

When the pandemic-induced recession and plunging revenues nationwide began to signal enormous budget holes for state and local government, CWDA called on California leaders to pay special attention to the two populations most at risk of falling through the cracks: abused and neglected children and older adults. Today, we report with gratitude that the Senate and Assembly listened. Their joint budget plan, released this week, includes $1 billion to prevent the decimation of vital county programs, including Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) programs