California Family Resource Association

April 21 Week in Review

Week of April 21

Foster Youth

Calling California Foster Youth: State Approves Free Phone Plans Through Age 26

April 23, 2019

On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a plan to provide about 33,000 current and former foster youth in California with a free smartphone, complete with a calling plan, wireless service and a mobile hotspot.

Despite education reforms, foster students in California lag far behind on multiple measures

April 26, 2019

Seven years ago, two education researchers in California did something that had never been done before. They sat for months in San Francisco in a secure, private room and matched confidential information on children in the child welfare system — those who had been removed from their biological parents due to abuse or neglect and placed into foster care — with information on those same kids’ school attendance and performance.

Census 2020

Justices seem ready to OK asking citizenship on census

April 23, 2019

Despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to uphold the Trump administration’s plan to inquire about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census in a case that could affect American elections for the next decade.


Can California boost home building without supercharging gentrification?

April 23, 2019

Along a stretch of South Los Angeles near the Expo light rail line, investment dollars are pouring in. Landlords outfit vacant apartments with stainless-steel appliances to lift rents, flippers list renovated bungalows for sale at twice what they paid. And as long-term tenants are forced out, development companies build new apartments in a predominantly working-class area that they long shunned.


More funding for full-day kindergarten questioned as many low-income California schools already offer it

April 25, 2019

Funding proposed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to expand full-day kindergarten would not likely benefit many low-income communities, where the greatest need is more programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, according to a new analysis.


Liver Illness Strikes Latino Children Like A ‘Silent Tsunami’

April 19, 2019

Linked both to genetics and diets high in sugar and fat, “fatty liver disease is ripping through the Latino community like a silent tsunami and especially affecting children,” said Dr. Rohit Kohli, chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at CHLA.

Recent research shows about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have fatty liver disease. But among Latinos, especially of Mexican and Central American descent, the rate is significantly higher. One large study in Dallas found that 45% of Latinos had fatty livers.


New California law requires Amazon to collect sales tax for small online retailers

April 25, 2019

E-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay will have to collect California sales tax on behalf of small online retailers that sell products through their platforms under a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Thursday.


Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Different Than Child Trauma, and It’s Critical to Understand Why