John Burton Advocates for Youth is dedicated to improving the quality of life for California’s foster, former foster and homeless youth and developing policy solutions to prevent homelessness.

John Burton Advocates for Youth
235 Montgomery, Suite 1142
San Francisco, CA 94104

11/1/17: JBAY Webinar - Accelerating Success: Turning Insights into Action for Foster Youth at California Community Colleges

11/3/17: Grandparents as Parents' "Bridging the Gap" Conference (Omni Hotel Downtown Los Angeles)

11/15/17: ARC Webinar - All in the Family: Recruiting, Engaging & Supporting Kin

11/17/17: JBAY Webinar - Join the California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge!

12/19/17 - 12/20/17: Beyond the Bench (Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego)

2/6/18: Transition Age Youth Conference (Holiday Inn Downtown Arena Sacramento) -
registration will open 11/27

Governor Brown signed SB 12 ushering in a new era of college opportunity for CA foster youth...more

CDSS released an ACL on allowable & non-allowable uses of the infant supplement for NMDs in THP+FC...more

JBAY is hiring...more
Question of the Week

State Issues RFP: $10 Million Available for Homeless Youth

New Forms Available for Extended Foster Care, Including SILP Assessment

ACLs, ACINs, CFLs...Don't Miss Out on the Latest!

New Forms Available for Extended Foster Care, Including SILP Assessment

Webinar Series Tailored for Foster Youth Campus Support Programs

Question of the Week

Q: A youth in our THP+FC program is providing 100% financial support for his child, however his child lives with the mother, who is not a non-minor dependent. Because the father is supporting the child, is he eligible to receive the monthly infant supplement even though the child does not reside with him? For the answer, follow this LINK.

State Issues RFP: $10 Million Available for Homeless Youth 

A total of $10 million in new funding is available to serve homeless youth, according to Request for Proposal released by the Office of Emergency Services (OES). According to the RFP, each project will be awarded up to $2.5 million over a three-year period. Eligible applicants may be nonprofit organizations from four counties: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Clara.
These funds were the result of a budget proposal led by Assembly Member Todd Gloria and sponsored by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, John Burton Advocates for Youth and Housing California. The new funds are administered as part of OES’s Homeless Youth Emergency Services and Housing Program.
The budget proposal expanded the use of program funding, which may now be used to provide homeless youth with a continuum of housing options, including rapid rehousing, rental assistance, transitional housing, for a period not to exceed 36 months and/or supportive housing.
Two additional features of the program include a requirement to use evidence-based models and a prohibition from preventing a youth from entering housing, or discharging or evicting a youth from a housing program, on the sole basis of their lack of participation in supportive services.
For more information about the funding and RFP, follow this LINK or contact OES Program Specialist Nicole Kriger. Applications are due December 1, 2017.

New Forms Available for Extended Foster Care, Including New SILP Assessment

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has released an All County Information Notice (ACIN) sharing five revised forms used in extended foster care: The Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) Approval and Placement Agreement (SOC 157A), the SILP Inspection: Checklist of Facility Health and Safety Standards (SOC 157B), the Mutual Agreement (SOC 162), the Voluntary Re-Entry Agreement (SOC 163), and the Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP 1).
Additionally, CDSS highly encourages counties to utilize a new standardized SILP readiness assessment tool (SOC 157C) in order to standardize how non-minor dependents (NMDs) are being assessed for SILPs and to foster continuity for NMDs who move between counties. The tool takes into consideration that there is more than one type of SILP (i.e. living entirely independently vs. living in a SILP with a supportive adult), and assesses across several areas, covering 21 different topics.
Included on the SOC 157C is a section where, if the SILP is denied, the social worker or probation officer must indicate where the NMD is currently placed, and what other placement options are available to the youth. To read the ACIN, follow this LINK.

ACLs, ACINs, CFLs...Don't Miss Out on the Lastest!

The California Department of Social Services has launched a new subscription service for email delivery of official letters and notices. The new service allows users to subscribe to the programs they select, by type of notice (i.e. All County Letter, All County Information Notice, County Fiscal Letter, etc.), and also by department (Adult Programs, Cash Aid and Food Assistance Programs, or Child Welfare Programs).
To read an All County Information Notice about this, follow this LINK. Interested stakeholders can subscribe by following this LINK. For those already receiving letters and notices, CDSS recommends subscribing before November 17, 2017 to avoid a possible gap in receiving them.

Tools You Can Use: How to Promote Healthy Sexual Development & Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has released a guide for social workers and probation officers to promote healthy sexual development and prevent unplanned pregnancy. 
The guide is organized into five main sections covering required duties of the case manager, recommended duties of the case manager, tips for talking with youth, case scenarios and online resources. CDSS recommends that counties create their own supplemental guidance to coincide with this document including information for case managers about local county practices and procedures, as well as local youth resources (i.e. health centers/clinics, counseling centers, other social service agencies, trainings, etc.).
Also available is a guide for youth which lists out youths’ sexual and reproductive health rights; includes a section on questions to ask your partner, questions to ask your doctor and questions to ask a trusted adult; and a list of resources. To download the guide for social workers and probation officers, follow this LINK. To download the guide for youth, follow this LINK.

Webinar Series Tailored for Foster Youth Campus Support Programs

The FoCUS-Ed Research Collaborative will be hosting a series of webinars over the next several months focused on foster youth and post-secondary education. The Collaborative is a network of researchers and practitioners whose aim is to improve practice and influence policy related to foster care youth/alumni and higher education.
The webinars will cover a range of topics targeted towards campus based support programs including creating community among foster care alumni on college campuses, using a trauma-informed approach in the design and delivery of on-campus support programs for foster care alumni, and creating a youth-driven foster youth program. For details regarding dates, times and registration, follow this LINK.
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