2017 News


The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians who are advancing innovative solutions to critical issues facing our state.  WSJF former and current grantee – Julia Wilson, OneJustice and Ken Berrick, Senecca Families of Agencies – won this year’s award (Jan 2017).
Selected from a pool of 15,000, Sixto Cancel, founder of ThinkofUs rec’d the “30 Under 30” award from Forbes (Jan 2017)
Exploited, Abused Bay Area Youth Find Security at Dreamcatcher Youth Center in Oakland (ABC & Stars, Jan 25, 2017)
Fix School Discipline – A Toolkit for Educators (Public Counsel, Feb 2017)
A new website called FosteringQualityEducation.org helps foster youth evaluate a college, with warnings on risks often associated with for-profit colleges.  There is a user-friendly video and links to websites with further assistance (Children’s Advocacy Institute, Jan 2017).
Foster Kids Headed to Poverty, Pregnancy, and Prison Unless We Help (San Jose Mercury News Op Ed, Feb 11, 2017).
The Resource Family Approval Toolkit helps walk caregivers throughCalifornia’s newly implemented Resource Family Approval process (Alliance for Children’s Rights & the Step Up Coalition, Feb 2017).
Presentation to the California Child Welfare Council on the CalYOUTH Outcomes through Age 19 Study  (University of Chicago, March 2017).

Memo from CalYOUTH: Early Findings on the Relationships between Extended Foster Care and Youths’ Outcomes at Age 19 (University of Chicago, March 2017)

Memo from CalYOUTH:  Factors Associated with Youth Remaining in Foster Care as Young Adult (University of Chicago, April 2017)

Findings from CalYOUTH: Conditions of Youth at Age 19, Los Angeles County Report (University of Chicago, May 2017)

Memo from CalYOUTH: Predictors of High School Completion and College Entry at Ages 19/20 (University of Chicago, Aug 2017)

Memo from CalYOUTH: The Use of Psychotropic Medications over Time among Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood (University of Chicago, Dec 2017)

FosterMore “Story of Our Lives” wins Cynopsis Social Good Award for best social media ad (FosterMore, Mar 2017).
Video Highlights from the Silicon Valley HackFosterCare event (HackFosterCare, Mar, 2017).
Engaging Legal Services in Community Efforts to Prevent and End Homelessness (US Interagency Council on Homelessness, Feb 2017).
 Attorneys: More Funding Needed to Help East Bay Children’s Law Office (East Bay Times, Mar, 2017)
Resources Supporting Homeless Students at California’s Public Universities and Colleges (California Homeless Youth Project, Apr 2017)
The Renaissance Scholar – CSU East Bay (Video, Apr 2017)
 Grandfamilies.org – a national legal resource in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system (June 2017)
 Interview with ThinkofUs Founder Sixto Cancel – “Foster-Care Veteran Seeks to Use Tech to Ease Transition to Adult Life” (Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 2017)
 “One LaptopPer Foster Youth” promotional video (iFoster, 2017)
 “Washoe County Helping Foster Youth Showing Results” (Kolo8News, June 2017)
 “Guardian Scholars Program Provides Support for Former Foster Youth” (CSU Monterey Bay News, Aug 2017)
 “Foster Youth Informed Education Project” (Civicorps, Sept 2017)
 “Stepping Up for Foster Youth: A Policy Playbook for California’s Four Year Universities” (John Burton Advocates for Youth, Sept 21, 2017)
 “Tanoshi partners with iFoster to donate new, educational and age-appropriate computers to foster youth” (PR Web, Sept 27, 2017)
 “Validation of the CSE-IT” (WestCoast Children’s Clinic, Sept 2017)
 “Video Profiles Community College Students Enrolled in Fresh Success Program” (Foundation for California Community Colleges, Oct 2017)
 “From Foster Care to Motherhood – A Radio Diary” (KALW, Oct 2, 2017) and “Promotional Video” (First Place for Youth, Oct 2017)
 “Youth Radio Win Third Coast Award” (Youth Radio Press Release, Oct 18, 2017)
 “Accelerating Success: Turning Insights into Action for Foster Youth at California Community Colleges” (John Burton Advocates for Youth, Oct 16, 2017)
 “From Interns to Influencer:  Foster Youth Internship Program a Growing Force on Federal Policy” (Chronicle of Social Change, Oct 18, 2017)
 “In California Wine Country, Child Welfare Responds to Wild Fire” (Chronicle of Social Change, Nov 22, 2017)
 “Summer Scholars” (Epicenter/UC Merced, Nov 30, 2017)
 “These States are Helping Former Foster Youth Navigate College” (PBS News Hour, Dec 7, 2017)
  “For Foster Care Kids, College Degrees are Elusive,” (HuffPost, Dec 7, 2017)
  “Yolo County and Woodland Community College Partner to Create a Safe Space for Youth” (Woodland Daily Democrats, Dec 7, 2017)
  “Building A Pathway to Resilience For Foster Youth Through Social Capital” (Chronicle of Social Change, Dec 11, 2017)
  “In California, A Push to Help More Foster Youth Get Financial Aid” (Chronicle of Social Change, Dec 19, 2017)
 “Balancing Head and Heart:  California’s Child Welfare Workforce” (California Child Welfare Co Investment Partnership, Dec 19, 2017)