Senate Bill 12, an effort to extend financial support to California’s probation-involved foster youth, gains unanimous approval from the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Chronicle of Social Change
July 15, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Youth Law Center (YLC), Alliance for Children’s Rights, National Center for Youth Law (NCYL)
Senate Bill (SB) 12 cleared another legislative hurdle when it was unanimously approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a 10-0 vote.
SB 12 would extend the monthly stipend and housing to transition-age foster youth even if they have interacted with the juvenile justice system or are in probation.
“We know that the rates of homelessness, unemployment and incarceration for young people who cross from dependency to delinquency are double to triple the rates for youth who are just in dependency or delinquency,” said Jennifer Rodriguez, executive director of the Youth Law Center.
The Youth Law Center estimates that there are 4,000 probation-supervised foster youth in California, out of 50,000 foster youth across the state.
“These foster youth need these benefits just as any other foster youth,” said Cat McCulloch of the Youth Law Center. “We need to take care of them through difficult periods of their lives, not just abandon them once they make contact with the delinquency system.”
Angie Schwartz, Policy Director for the Alliance for Children’s Rights, said that SB 12 is needed to give these probation-supervised foster youth the same chance that every other foster youth has. He said, “Because they made a mistake, they are missing out. It is our duty as their parents to protect and support these young people.”Tags: Children, Juvenile Justice