California Family Resource Association

June 16 Week in Review

June 16, 2019

California Budget

California sends $215 billion budget to Gov Gavin Newsom

June 13, 2019

California lawmakers passed a $214.8 billion budget deal Thursday, with new spending on schools, homelessness and health care for undocumented immigrants.

Pension relief, special education funding highlight Gov. Newsom's budget

June 14, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first education budget, which the Legislature passed on Thursday, remains his budget. After negotiations with legislative leaders, Newsom’s spending priorities remain largely intact and signal the directions his administration will take over his first term

Politics & Policy

Redefining Who Is In Poverty Could Bump Thousands From Medi-Cal

June 19, 2019

California’s push to give everyone access to affordable health insurance could be disrupted by a federal plan to change the standards for poverty, according to analysts.

California governor, lawmaker alter proposed vaccine rules

June 18, 2019

California public health officials would have oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill’s author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down on fraudulent exemptions issued by sympathetic doctors.

GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts — and default

June 15, 2019

Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are struggling to reach an agreement on a path forward on critical budget and spending issues, threatening not only another government shutdown and deep spending cuts but a federal default that could hit the economy hard.

Dr. Melissa Merrick Named New President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America

June 18, 2019

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced today that after a nationwide search its board of directors has selected Dr. Melissa Merrick (right) as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer. Merrick brings more than 18 years of clinical, research and leadership experience related to the etiology, course and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Merrick currently serves as a senior epidemiologist at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will begin with PCA America on July 15.

Research on Child and Maternal Well-Being

2019 State Trends in Child Well-Being

June 19, 2019

The 30th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book begins by exploring how America’s child population — and the American childhood experience — has changed since 1990. And there’s some good news to share: Of the 16 areas of child well-being tracked across four domains — health, education, family and community and economic well-being — 11 have improved since the Foundation published its first Data Book 30 editions ago. But it is not all good news. The risk of babies being born at a low weight continues to rise, racial inequities remain systemic and stubbornly persistent and 12% of kids across the country are still growing up in areas of concentrated poverty.

Overdose and suicide among top causes of death for new moms in California, study finds

June 14, 2019

Professor Sidra Goldman-Mellor of UC Merced and Professor Claire Margerison of Michigan State University found that drug overdoses were the second-leading cause of postpartum death and suicide was the seventh in California. Both constitute around 20% of all California postpartum deaths from 2010-2012. The first was obstetric-related, or physical, causes.

Trauma-Informed Child Care

Transforming NJ Child-Care Centers into Nurturing, Trauma Informed & Trauma Sensitive Environments: One non-profit’s successful pilot

June 17, 2019

The Child Wellness Institute of New Jersey piloted a new, research-based project called Trauma Transformation Initiative (TTI) with promising results and incredibly positive feedback. Two Camden City childcare centers and one Bridgewater childcare center serving children 0-5 participated in the project that helped all child care staff (including teachers, teacher assistants, food service workers, transportation service staff) as well as the parents at the center to begin their journey in becoming trauma informed.


Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week

June 17, 2019

President Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major U.S. cities.


San Diego immigrant communities preparing for increased enforcement after Trump tweet

June 18, 2019

Lilian Serrano, chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, said she’s already heard from community members in North County who are worried about what might happen to them or their families if the president’s plan becomes reality.

Free food, fitness and literacy programs help fill summer gap for kids in Sacramento region

June 19, 2019

From June through August, United Way operates 16 summer meal sites throughout the Sacramento region – including the Rancho Cordova library – where kids under age 18 can get nutritious meals at no charge.