Family Urgent Response System (FURS) is a free 24/7/365 hotline for current or former foster youth and your caregivers to call and get immediate help for any big or small issues they may be having. FURS is intended to help increase foster placement stability by providing on-demand support for foster youth and caregivers when challenging situations arise.
This report provides a directory for those seeking services in their county. It can also be used to increase access and advocate for the expansion of mental health services.
Continuum of Care Reform draws together a series of existing and new reforms to our child welfare services program designed out of an understanding that children who must live apart from their biological parents do best when they are cared for in committed nurturing family homes. AB 403 provides the statutory and policy framework to ensure services and supports provided to the child or youth and his or her family are tailored toward the ultimate goal of maintaining a stable permanent family. Reliance on congregate care should be limited to short-term, therapeutic interventions that are just one part of a continuum of care available for children, youth and young adults. Implementation efforts for CCR will occur in stages between now and 2021 in Child Welfare Services, and in succeeding years in probation foster care.
Report from Mental Health California and Kaiser Permanente highlights the impacts of trauma on system-involved youth along with key suggestions for system improvements from a youth lived-experience perspective.
This new Center for Juvenile Justice Reform publication highlights the critical need to ensure that systems fully support Black LGBTQ+ girls and nonbinary youth–a population that is at higher risk for crossover (i.e., becoming dually-involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems) than their non-Black, non-LGBTQ+ peers. The white paper also provides recommendations to mitigate this disparity and improve the experiences of and outcomes for this population of young people.