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Peer Learning Group - California Foster Youth Funders Group Meeting 2-29-2016

When: 
Monday, February 29, 2016
9:00am - 11:00am PST
Where: 
California Community Foundation
281 S Figueroa St, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fee: 
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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The California Foster Youth Funders group invites you to a discussion on the issues facing Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and how child welfare, juvenile justice, and the courts have worked together to develop strategies to address the needs of this population.

In this program, you'll hear from a panel of experts about the roles of child welfare, probation, and the courts. The panel will also identify gaps that exist within the current framework and the impact of opportunities like Continuum of Care reform.

Speakers include Judge Catherine Pratt, who has worked in the juvenile delinquency court since 2007, and in 2012 began supervising the S.T.A.R. court, which serves juveniles who have been commercially sexually exploited and are on probation for prostitution or related charges.

Michelle Guymon, Project Manager for the new domestic minor sex trafficking program within the LA County Probation Department, will also participate.

In the past few years, California has witnessed an expansion in services and attention paid to CSEC through the juvenile justice and dependency system. A handful of California county probation departments and juvenile courts have established innovative programs such as the Succeed Through Achievement and Resilience (S.T.A.R.) Court in LA County.

As the country begins to implement the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (HR 4980), all states share the same impetus to design policies to best serve children who are, or are at risk of becoming, CSEC. These policies include reporting requirements to determine prevalence and, ideally, begin tracking outcomes for children.

In 2014, California had a head start with enacted legislation (SB 855), which clarified that trafficked children are victims and, as such, are properly served by child welfare. The legislation also established the groundbreaking CSEC Program, incentivizing counties to develop and implement inter-agency CSEC protocols.

In many ways, California and LA are pioneers in providing critical support for these victims through a model that integrates child welfare, juvenile justice, and community supports. We hope you can join this important conversation.

Questions for Consideration:

  • How are CSEC victims identified?  Are they all identified through the child welfare system with SB 855? If not, what are the implementation challenges/opportunities?
  • How are CSEC services identified and provided? Is there a clear understanding of the needs of CSEC? Are there CSEC specific providers? Is training providers on CSEC sufficient in identifying an providing a service?
  • How is the child welfare and probation working with CSEC, either independently or together? What is their role? How have they responded to the new state and federal opportunities?  What are the gaps that need to be covered to ensure that CSEC are accessing the appropriate supports and services?
  • What is the role of courts in this process? What can other counties and states learn from the STAR Court? What were the challenges of developing STAR Court?  What are the opportunities for expansion?
  • In light of the Continuum of Care Reform, what are some concerns when congregate care becomes a limited placement option for child welfare and probation?  What type of placement settings are appropriate for CSEC?  Are the specific CSEC services, supports and needs that a provider should be made aware of or given access to?
  • Given all of the state and federal opportunities to address the needs of CSEC through the child welfare, juvenile justice and court systems, what do you see as one of the most important issues to take on to be successful in meeting the needs of CSEC?

Fees: 
No cost to attend

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members, California Foster Youth Funders Group members, and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

Registration:
SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: register online. If you do not yet have an SCG account, contact us at [email protected].

For questions or to RSVP you can also contact Jeannine Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation at [email protected]

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