SACRAMENTO – The Assembly has approved AB 403 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), legislation that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. The measure, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.
“When children go into foster care, they depend on us to make sure that they have a safe, comfortable, supportive place to stay, whether that is with a relative, a foster family, or a treatment center,” said Stone. “Current options along the continuum of care spectrum, particularly the existing model for group home placements, do not always meet these requirements. The reforms in this bill will provide youth with the support they need in foster care to return to their families or to find a permanent home if returning to their families is not an option.”