California Family Resource Association

April 28 Week in Review

Week of April 28


Two Bills That Offer More Support to Relatives, Who are Expected to Play a Bigger Role Under Family First Act

April 29, 2019

In addition to planned legislation that makes significant changes to federal child welfare finance, two new federal bills have been introduced that would target support for relative caregivers, a key constituency in the reforms envisioned under the Family First Prevention Services Act that mostly takes effect in October.

Census 2020

Infants and toddlers the most undercounted in census; California wants to change that

May 2, 2019

Children under 5 years old are more likely to be left uncounted for multiple reasons. Adults don’t always realize that infants and toddlers should be counted in the census and if small children split time between two or more homes, family members often aren’t sure in which home to count them.


ACLU: Border Agents Violate Constitution When They Search Electronic Devices

May 2, 2019

The ACLU, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government in 2017, alleging that its "warrantless and suspicionless searches" of electronic devices at the U.S. ports of entry violated the First and Fourth amendments. Lawyers now say that, through depositions of border agents, they have learned that the scope of the warrantless searches has expanded far beyond the mere enforcement of immigration and customs laws.

Trump wants $4.5 billion more in emergency funds for border assistance

May 1, 2019

The White House asked Congress on Wednesday for $4.5 billion more in emergency funding to address a surge of migrants at the southern border. In doing so, the administration acknowledged that President Trump's emergency declaration to divert taxpayer money for a yet-to-be-built border wall cannot address the growing humanitarian challenge on the ground, which now requires additional government funding.

Trump Calls For Asylum-Seekers To Pay Fees, Proposing New Restrictions

April 30, 2019

President Trump is calling for his administration to restrict the asylum process, issuing a presidential memorandum that proposes charging asylum-seekers fees and other broad changes.

In the memo, Trump said he is giving Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan 90 days to propose new regulations to speed up the processing of asylum claims, charge application fees for those seeking asylum, and to bar work authorization for certain applicants.

Incarceration & Juvenile Law

For Youth in Lock-Up, Family Connection is Key

April 26, 2019

The biggest issue I really had when I was locked up was being able to see my family. After being at juvenile halls, I was sent to [Los Angeles County’s Campus] Kilpatrick, which is in Malibu. Visitations there only happen on Sundays.

California law barring adult prosecution of youths under 16 is upheld

May 1, 2019

A state appeals court has rejected a challenge to a new California law prohibiting the prosecution of 14- and 15-year-olds in adult court, where they could be sentenced to as long as life in prison.

The law, SB1391, refers youths ages 14 and 15 to juvenile court, where the maximum confinement ends at age 25. The law, passed last year, repealed statutes that had been in effect since 1995 allowing those youths to be charged as adults.


California Farmers Once Again Facing Labor Shortages

April 20, 2019

California farmers are facing a serious shortage of labor according to a new report by the California Farm Bureau. A survey showed that almost six out of 10 farmers were unable to hire all the workers they needed at some point in the past 5 years. Many of those farmers said shortages were worse the past two years, even though 86 percent of farmers said they had raised wages.


Doris Duke to Spend $6 Million on Leadership Development in Child Well-Being Sector

April 30, 2019

“Effective and diverse social sector leadership is critical for ending intergenerational cycles of poverty and persistently inequitable outcomes for families and children,” said Lola Adedokun, program director for child well-being at the foundation. “We are excited to support a new set of leaders as they innovate and implement approaches to tackling the complex, systemic issues that unduly burden U.S. communities contending with vast health and economic disparities.”

In announcing the grants, the foundation cited a “chronic underinvestment” in leadership throughout the social services sector, which has been exacerbated by a 25 percent increase in the overall number of nonprofit organizations this decade.


San Francisco police tout use-of-force drop — no shootings for nearly a year

May 1, 2019

San Francisco police report using force in 30% fewer cases three years after launching a sweeping reform effort following controversial killings that inflamed tension between officers and some communities they serve, officials said. The last police shooting in San Francisco came June 9, marking the start of the longest span without an officer-involved shooting in nearly two decades, Chief Bill Scott said.

Sacramento City Teachers Announce Another One-Day Strike

April 30, 2019

The union representing Sacramento teachers announced Tuesday it would hold a strike May 22, the second in as many months. The Sacramento City Teachers Association, the union representing 2,500 teachers and employees, says the school district hasn't fully implemented a deal struck in 2017 that would have used savings from a new health care plan to fund better classroom staffing. Teachers also held a one-day strike April 11 over the issue.