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 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)


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).