October 2, 2013 (SACRAMENTO) – Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 787 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), legislation that builds on 2010 foster care reforms. The measure enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support in the Legislature.
“The unanimous passage of AB 787 demonstrates our state's broad and consistent support for our foster youth,” said Stone. “Barriers continue to exist for foster youth transitioning out of the system. I hope that this new law will make it easier for these kids to grow into productive and well-adjusted adults. I wholeheartedly thank the Governor for signing this measure into law.”
AB 787 will make several necessary changes integral to the successful implementation of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (FCSA) of 2010. California took a significant step forward in expanding services for children in foster care with the adoption of FCSA. This Act brought critical federal matching funds into the state's child welfare system to provide foster youth who are 18 and older with the option to remain in care until the age of 21 instead of being forced out before they are ready to be independent. Ever since its adoption, FCSA has become a substantial tool in helping foster youth transition into adulthood through a voluntary program grounded in evidence to provide continued yet incremental support for our foster youth up to age 21. AB 787 builds on this work by making several necessary and integral changes to ensure the continued successful implementation of FCSA. These changes will help streamline services, clarify the authority of probation officers, and draw down additional federal funds.
Stone serves as the Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, which considers legislation related to foster youth.
The new law takes effect on January 1, 2014.