2016 News



The Walter S. Johnson Foundation is part of the Youth Transitional Funders Group, a national network of funders that work together to support the well-being and economic success of vulnerable young people age 14 to 25.  “The Well-Being Journey for Youth in Foster Care ” (Feb 2016) is a video developed by the Foster Care Work Group of the Youth Transition Funders Group
The Walter S. Johnson Foundation is part of the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership, a collaboration of private and public organizations working to improve outcomes in the child welfare system.  “Crossover Youth: A Shared Responsibility” (Insights, Volume X) offers an overview of data, policy and reform efforts that seek to better understand youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice system in California (Feb 2016).

California College Pathways published a new two year study, Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success. This report offers insights into the educational experiences of foster youth attending community colleges and universities throughout the state by providing information on a common set of academic progress and outcome measures. A one-page overview of key findings and policy and practice implications is available here (Feb 2016).
“Access to Justice: Q&A with our Legal Services Funder Network” – WSJF Program Officer Yali Lincroft is interviewed by Northern California Grantmakers regarding her role as steering committee member for the Legal Services Funders Network (March 2016).
Fresh Success is the new CalFresh Employment and Training Model, implemented in Spring 2016.  The Foundation for California Community College is partnering with the California Department of Social Services to help CalFresh recipients in community colleges and community-based organizations gain skills and employment.
Yali Lincroft, Program Officer for the Walter S. Johnson Foundation attended the ninth annual Clinton Global Initiative hosted at UC Berkeley, CA. The Chronicle of Social Change published her piece on the experience (April 4, 2016).

 “Failing Grade: How California’s School Districts Have Abandoned Children with Disabilities” (Western Center on Law & Poverty, April 2016).  This new report details how 580,000 children with mental disabilities have been left without help and have, in some cases, been sent to juvenile hall, rather than getting the school based mental health services to which they are legally entitled.  This failure is particularly egregious in light of the massive state payments to local school districts that supposedly paid for the services.

Raley’s Marks 1st Anniversary of Hiring Foster Youth (Progressive Grocer, May 2016).
 VOICES Sonoma County announces “Changing the Story: Recommendations to Improve Services for Transition Age Foster Youth in Sonoma County” (May 2016).

 Findings from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH): Conditions of Youth at Age 19 (May 2016).

UC Berkeley researcher Dr. Jill Duerr Berrick  studies select California counties prior to the implementation of the “Approved Relative Care Funding Options Program” (ARC) to understand the caregiver characteristics and the characteristics of the children in their care in this report (May 2016).
Echoing Green Fellow Serita Cox, Leverages the Internet of Things to Innovate the Child Welfare System (Huffington Post, June 2016).

Final Report on Fresno and Santa Clara Counties Efforts to Improve Outcomes for Latino Youth and LGBTQ Youth  (Center for the Study of Social Policy, Summer 2016)
Special Immigrant Juvenile Justice – Guidance for Practitioners (Center for the Study of Social Policy, July 2016)

This issue of insights examines the juvenile court’s role in the child welfare system and provides recommendations on how to best meet the complex needs of children and families in child welfare.


 iFoster Announces Employer Tax Bill for Foster Youth (Yahoo News, Sept 2016).  iFoster (www.ifoster.org) announced today that H.R.5947, the “Improved Employment Outcomes For Foster Youth Act of 2016” was introduced in Congress. This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include transition age foster youth as categorically eligible for purposes of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Employers may be eligible to receive a credit of up to $2,400 annually for each foster youth hired.

 Practices with Promise – The Guardian Scholars Program at Skyline College (Campaign for College Opportunity, Oct 2016).