California Family Resource Association

Week in Review

Week of February 3

Child Welfare

Child Victimization Declines as Reports of it Continue to Rise

January 31, 2019

Though 2016 and 2017 each saw dips in the number of abuse and neglect victims, the total is still about 3 percent higher than it was in 2013. The number of youth who were the subject of an investigation or alternative response rose by 10 percent in the same time period.


In State of the Union response, Becerra warns legal action if Trump seeks national emergency for border wall

February 5, 2019

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra warned in a national televised address Tuesday that he is prepared to take President Trump to court if he declares a national emergency to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border while cutting federal funds to fire-damaged communities in this state.

Trump Administration Rule Change Could Unleash Hundreds of Millions in Federal Funds to Defend Rights of Parents, Children in Child Protection Cases

February 5, 2019

The push to bring federal resources to bear on legal counsel reaped a massive victory in December when a quietly changed policy opened up a federal entitlement to pay for parent and child representation. Before the change, local child welfare agencies could only pay for their own legal fees. Now, those agencies can tap into funds from Title IV-E of the Social Security Act – the federal entitlement for family, foster care and adoption services – to pay for as much as half the cost of counsel for parents and children.


Paving a path to college

February 5, 2019

The UCLA Community School is one of five public schools dotting California that are run as partnerships between a UC campus and a local district. They all share a common aim: to improve the academic achievement of students who face barriers to college, with a focus on serving communities that have been historically underrepresented within higher education. The [UCLA Community School] has boosted the college enrollment rates of its congressional district from 34 percent to 86.

California quietly publishes list of 781 lowest-performing schools

February 6, 2019

Without fanfare or advance notice, the California Department of Education released the list of the state’s poorest-performing schools last week for the first time in four years.

The 781 schools include 481 out of about 6,600 schools getting Title I federal aid for low-income students and 300 high schools where fewer than two-thirds of students graduate.


San Joaquin, Sacramento Counties To Receive Federal, State Funding To House Homeless

February 4, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $19 million to Sacramento and $4.3 million to San Joaquin in what’s called the Continuum of Care Program to end homelessness. That money will go toward continuing to pay for apartments and temporary housing for homeless people and families.

Oakland teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

February 4, 2019

Following in the footsteps of Los Angeles teachers, the Oakland teachers’ union on Monday announced its members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, after unsuccessful negotiations over pay hikes, class sizes and additional support staff.

Wildfire victims living in RVs ordered to leave properties

February 4, 2019

Hundreds of Northern California wildfire victims desperate for housing and living in recreational vehicles on their burned-out lots were ordered off their properties Monday after federal authorities threatened to cut off funding for the state’s biggest natural disaster cleanup.