This bill, signed in 2010, will allow children ages 12 and older to consent to their own mental health care if a mental health professional deems them mature enough to intelligently participate in treatment.
This bill, signed in 2009, seeks to ensure that foster youth have the same access to high school sports as other students. The bill was prompted by NCYL's win in Dyer v. CIF.
Originally AB 863 and signed in 2006, this bill calls for statewide leadership and accountability in California's child welfare system, where one in five of the nation's foster children live.
AB 2480, signed in 2006, seeks to ensure children can be assisted by an attorney durning dependency proceedings in the appellate courts
This bill, signed in 2006, requires that foster children be placed in homes that best promote a family-like environment and permit children to engage in reasonable day-to-day activities.
This bill, signed in 2006, helps children searching for their siblings after one or more of them have been adopted by lowering the obstacles they must overcome to find information on each other.
Signed in 2006, this bill promotes meaningful and lifelong connections between foster youth and mentors by waiving the fees for criminal background checks for mentors, thereby encouraging more Californians to become mentors.
This bill, signed in 2006, requires county welfare departments to request credit checks for foster youth who are 16 or older and provide referrals to credit counseling organizations if the credit check discloses any negative information.
This bill, signed in 2006, makes sure foster youth can be placed quickly and safely with relatives their primary foster parent or caregiver is suddenly unable to provide care. The law calls for establishing standards and procedures for counties to assess and approve relative providers on an emergency basis.
This bill, signed in 2006, seeks to encourage foster parents to participate in dependency hearings by making sure they receive appropriate notices and forms, as well as information on how to provide input and recommendations to the court.
This bill, signed in 2005, helps disabled foster youth gain access to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits, and helps foster youth complete their high school education.
This bill, signed in 2004, aims to hold non-public schools — including schools that serve group home youth — to the same standards as public schools.
This bill, signed in 2004, removes the financial incentive for school districts to classify foster and group home youth as in need of special education at a non-public school.