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Coordinating Resources and Services for Youth in Foster Care

Publication date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The California State Assembly Appropriations committee is currently considering Assembly Bill 2083 (Cooley). The proposed legislation seeks to create greater coordination between county-level and state-level agencies who serve children and youth in foster care who have experienced trauma. Some of the actions under AB 2083 are:

  • Setting expectations for coordinated services at the local level for youth who require services from multiple agencies through a formalized memorandum of understanding.
  • Requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a joint inter-agency resolution team at the state level.
  • Requiring the interagency team to review the availability of appropriate placements that are trained and/ supported to provide trauma-informed care to foster youth and make recommendations to the Legislature for improvements in this area.
  • Requiring the interagency team to consult with stakeholders, including practitioners, to develop a plan to increase the availability of trauma-informed services to youth in care.

AB 2083 is supported by organizations such as Children Now, Children’s Law Center of California and many other organizations.

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