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California Alliance Applauds Governor's Support of Group Home Reform for Foster Youth
Date:10/12/2007

ered, residentially-based services which will reduce lengths of stay for youth needing this level of care and services.

"The foundation of this reform is a growing knowledge base of best practices demonstrating fewer placements and better outcomes of foster youth. We know that if these kids receive the right services in the right amount at the right time, they can be connected or are re-connected with their families, schools, and communities as quickly and safely as possible," stated Carroll Schroeder, Executive Director for the California Alliance of Child and Family Services.

Counties will be asked to opt in as a demonstration sites to test alternative programs and funding models as the first step towards statewide implementation of residentially-based services. While the number of children in group home facilities has steadily decreased within the last decade, there is an expectation of an increase in the demand for group home care, based on the implementation of juvenile justice realignment and the redirection of juvenile offenders to county supervision. As of 2006, 8% or 6,315 of California's approximate 80,000 foster youth were living in group homes.

"Our goal is to encourage innovation and collaboration between agencies and providers that will result in safe, stable, permanent family connections as soon as possible. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to have a significant impact on the lives of children," said Dr. David Sanders, Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement of Casey Family Programs and former Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the largest county system in the country.

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services (the Alliance) is a statewide association of more than 130 private non-profit agencies that provide quality services and support to children and families. Member agencies offer a broad range of service options including adoption, family-based serv
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