Thursday, September 03, 2009

Editorial calls on Governor Schwarzenegger to remember his commitment to foster care

Editorial: 'Aged-out' foster youth at terrible risk
San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 2, 2009.

The phrase "at risk" gets tossed around a lot by educators and social workers. Nowhere is the buzzword more applicable - and more poignant - than in its description of foster youth who are "aging out" of the system at age 18.

Talk about "at risk." One recent study revealed that 54 percent of young men and 25 percent of young women are incarcerated within 18 months of leaving the foster-care system. Another survey showed that 70 percent of California prison inmates have spent time in the foster-care system.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders do not need a lecture on the meaning of these numbers. The well-documented struggle of emancipating foster youth, and the failure of an overburdened system to help them, motivated the governor and legislators to significantly enhance the resources and accountability in the system.

What these leaders need is a reminder of why these investments in our most vulnerable citizens are so critical - especially now, when the economy is compounding the challenges on the young people who lack family support and, in many cases, the skills to navigate on their own.

The same Schwarzenegger who in 2006 signed the landmark package of foster-care reform bills recently slashed $80 million from the state support for child welfare services. Those cutbacks would cost California $44 million more in federal assistance for youth.

The result would be a devastating rollback in the state's effort to give these foster youth - our children, our collective responsibility - the services they so desperately need. Social workers would have higher caseloads and less time to identify and address the needs of youth under their charge; there would be less money for transitional housing and independent living programs; there would be cutbacks in programs that allow children to reunify with their families instead of landing in long-term foster care.

These ill-advised cuts become "schizophrenic and counterproductive" when viewed in the context of the Legislature's pained efforts to reduce the prison population, observed Frank Mecca, executive director of the state's County Welfare Directors Association.

"We don't have the option not to protect when the hot line rings," Mecca said. "All (Schwarzenegger) did was pass the buck to others to make the impossible choice of which child's safety and which child's well-being we're going to compromise."

Amy Lemley, policy director of the John Burton Foundation, is among the foster-care advocates who is trying to stir pressure on the governor and legislators to restore these cuts. "If you can't rally to protect abused and neglected children, what does that say about the state's priorities?" she asked.

Schwarzenegger and legislators must work together to restore that $80 million for child welfare services. They should connect the dots, and recognize the much higher costs of the system's failings.

Labels: , ,


Blogger mmjiaxin said...

coach outlet
tiffany and co
chicago blackhawks
ralph lauren uk
nike air huarache
canada goose outelt
michael kors wallet sale
ferragamo shoes
tory burch sale
longchamp outlet
nfl jersey wholesale
pandora outlet
louis vuitton outlet store
calvin klein outlet
mbt shoes outlet
cheap jordans
michael kors handbags clearance
mcm backpack
prada outlet
louis vuitton handbags outlet

4:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

ninest123 16.01
louis vuitton, replica watches, louis vuitton outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, michael kors outlet, tiffany jewelry, prada handbags, burberry, oakley sunglasses, louboutin, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton, polo ralph lauren outlet, ugg boots, nike air max, louboutin shoes, louis vuitton, uggs on sale, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors, burberry outlet online, nike outlet, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet, chanel handbags, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, gucci outlet, christian louboutin outlet, nike free, nike air max, longchamp, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, louboutin outlet, replica watches, longchamp outlet, tiffany and co, prada outlet

4:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

nike free run uk, timberland, nike trainers, abercrombie and fitch, true religion jeans, michael kors, ralph lauren pas cher, longchamp pas cher, lululemon, lacoste pas cher, new balance pas cher, hollister pas cher, hogan, nike air max, ralph lauren uk, replica handbags, sac guess, nike roshe run, oakley pas cher, north face, vanessa bruno, ray ban uk, ray ban pas cher, nike roshe, nike air max, nike blazer, nike free, true religion jeans, true religion jeans, air jordan pas cher, true religion outlet, hermes, nike air max, coach purses, mulberry, sac longchamp, air force, nike huarache, michael kors, michael kors, north face, michael kors, coach outlet, burberry, longchamp, vans pas cher, converse pas cher, hollister, louboutin pas cher, air max, tn pas cher

4:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

vans shoes, soccer shoes, hollister, north face outlet, nike roshe, north face outlet, chi flat iron, bottega veneta, instyler, mont blanc, giuseppe zanotti, babyliss, nfl jerseys, abercrombie and fitch, ray ban, ralph lauren, asics running shoes, p90x workout, timberland boots, herve leger, nike air max, valentino shoes, gucci, hollister, beats by dre, iphone 6 cases, louboutin, wedding dresses, iphone 6s cases, mac cosmetics, mcm handbags, nike air max, reebok shoes, iphone 6s plus cases, converse, lululemon, oakley, birkin bag, baseball bats, ipad cases, ferragamo shoes, iphone 6 plus cases, insanity workout, iphone 5s cases, soccer jerseys, ghd, s5 cases, new balance, vans, iphone cases, jimmy choo shoes, celine handbags

5:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

coach outlet, hollister, canada goose, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, moncler, doudoune canada goose, links of london, canada goose, montre pas cher, sac louis vuitton pas cher, doke gabbana outlet, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, toms shoes, barbour, canada goose uk, wedding dresses, marc jacobs, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, pandora charms, moncler, barbour jackets, karen millen, swarovski crystal, juicy couture outlet, canada goose, thomas sabo, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, canada goose outlet, swarovski, pandora jewelry, juicy couture outlet, moncler, bottes ugg, replica watches, converse outlet, lancel, canada goose, ugg pas cher, pandora charms, moncler, moncler, moncler, canada goose outlet, pandora jewelry, ugg boots uk, moncler, supra shoes, louis vuitton
ninest123 16.01

5:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It is nice post
Visit Links:
Packers and Movers Mumbai
Packers and Movers Andheri
Packers and Movers Airoli
Packers and Movers Borivali
Packers and Movers Bandra
Packers and Movers Kalyan
Packers and Movers Kharghar
Packers and Movers Kandivali
Packers and Movers Thane

11:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting to this website.Nice post.
Packers and movers Lucknow
Packers movers in Indiranagar
Movers packers Gomatinagar
Packers Movers Hazaratganj
Movers and packers in Aliganj
Packers and movers in Alambagh

Home Shifting Lucknow
Vehicle Shifting Lucknow
Wharehouse Storage Shifting Lucknow
Corporate Shifting Lucknow

2:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

jordan 3s
coach outlet online
kate spade handbags
air force 1 trainers
coach factory outlet online
cheap air jordans
kobe 8
oakley outlet
air jordan shoes
toms outlet
coach outlet
toms shoes
michael kors outlet online
kobe shoes
michael kors purses
nike store
cheap louis vuitton handbags
kobe 8
louis vuitton outlet stores
cheap jerseys
ralph lauren outlet
coach outlet
air jordan femme
coach outlet store online clearances
hollister clothing store
louis vuitton purses
asics shoes for men
ralph lauren outlet
coach factory outlet online
michael kors outlet online
fitflop shoes
celine handbags
nike roshe run
nike roshe run
replica rolex watches
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors handbags
asics running shoes
coach factory outlet online
louis vuitton

6:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for this post.
Visit Links:
Beauty Care Shops In Pune
Books Shops In Pune
Self Help Group Shops In Pune
Electronics Shops In Pune
Gifts & Youth Special Shops In Pune
Hardware And Sanitory Shops In Pune
Home Decor Shops In Pune
Jewellery Shops In Pune
Kids & Baby Products Shops In Pune
Kitchen Shops In Pune
Men's Fashion Shops In Pune
Sports Shops In Pune
Sweets & Cakes Shops In Pune
Tools Shops In Pune
Toys Shops In Pune
Women's Fashion Shops In Pune

oye city
Oyecity Blog

10:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

van cleef
yeezy boost 350
authentic jordans
yeezy boost 350
michael kors outlet online
lacoste online shop
kyrie shoes
kobe 11
michael kors outlet
cheap basketball shoes

4:50 AM  
Blogger chenlili said...

polo ralph lauren outlet
adidas shoes
nike huarache shoes
canada goose coats
polo ralph lauren
canada goose jackets
michael kors handbags
wedding shoes
north face
birkenstock outlet

11:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

zzzzz2018.6.21christian louboutin outlet
supreme outlet
tory burch handbags
nike presto femme
nike air jordan
red bottom shoes
ralph lauren uk
tods outlet
supreme shirt

7:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, thanks for sharing this with us.

2:39 AM  
Blogger Mai said...

خدمات تلال
افضل شركة تنظيف مسابح في أبو ظبي
شركات تنظيف مسابح في أبو ظبي

3:59 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home