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1 Members-Only Youth Count!: Policy & Advocacy Webinar April 25, 2014

2 Welcome! Paul Curtis Executive Director California Coalition for Youth  There will be a question/answer session at the end of the presentation. Feel free to type your questions in the chat box during that time, and they will be answered in the order received.

3 Agenda:  Welcome & Introductions  Legislative & Policy Update – Kim Lewis  Questions & Discussion  Closing Remarks Next webinar date

4 Legislation We’re Watching: High Priority AB 1733 – (Quirk-Silva): Public Records: Fee Waiver This bill would: 1) Require the DMV to issue, without a fee, an identification card (an original or replacement card) to an applicant who certifies that he or she is a homeless person or homeless youth. 2) Requires the county registrar or recorder to issue, without a fee, a birth certificate to an applicant who certifies that he or she is a homeless person or homeless youth. Support

5 AB 1806 – (Bloom): Pupil Services: Homeless Children & Youth This bill would do three things: 1) Notify the school’s Homeless Youth liaison of a suspension or expulsion hearing of a homeless youth 2) If a homeless youth transfers schools after their sophomore year, they can keep the same graduation requirements as their previous school. (Some schools have additional graduation requirements than others.) 3) If a homeless youth transfers schools, the school will be able to award partial or full course credit for classes taken at their old school. (No restriction on when the youth transfers.). Legislation We’re Watching: High Priority Support

6 Legislation We’re Watching: High Priority AB 2001 – (Ammiano): This bill would authorize one or more counties that participate in the Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Project to establish a pilot program, with the approval of the State Department of Social Services, to develop and implement alternative child welfare services to meet the individual needs of homeless youth in order to reduce homelessness among children, and would require each pilot program to conclude no later than July 1, 2019. The bill would authorize each participating county to use Title IV-E funds and state foster care funds to provide long-term intensive support services to meet the needs of homeless youth. Strong Support

7 Support Legislation We’re Watching: High Priority SB 1296 – (Leno): Juvenile Truancy This bill eliminate loopholes that permit the incarceration of truant youth through contempt charges, or other violations of a court order to attend school. Incarceration will be eliminated from the list of available sanctions for truancy.

8 Legislation We’re Watching: High Priority TBD California Runaway & Homeless Youth Month This resolution designates the month of November 2014 as California Runaway and Homeless Youth Month and recognizes the need for individuals, schools, communities, business, local governments, and the state to take action on behalf of runaway and homeless youth in California. Sponsor

9 Legislation We’re Watching: Priority AB 1585 – (Alejo) Human Trafficking: Finding of Vitim Status This bill authorizes the court to set aside a conviction for prostitution or solicitation if the defendant petitions the court and can show by clear and convincing evidence that the conviction was the result of his or her status as a victim of human trafficking. Specifically, this bill allows a court to issue an order that does all of the following: 1) Finds the petitioner was a victim of human trafficking when he or she committed the crime. 2) Orders expungement relief. 3) Notifies the Department of Justice (DOJ) the petitioner was a victim of human trafficking when he or she committed the crime and that relief has been ordered by the court. This bill also prohibits DOJ from sharing the petitioner's record of conviction for specified licensing, employment and certification requirements. AB 1756 – (Skinner) Court Records: Sealing and Destruction Costs This bill would only require persons 26 years of age or older who petitions for an order sealing his or her record, pursuant to specified provisions, to be liable for the investigative costs and to reimburse the costs of services rendered. Youth, 25 and under, would not pay a fee for sealing and destroying their records. Support

10 Legislation We’re Watching: Priority AB 1887 – (Campos) Human Trafficking: Sealing and Destruction This bill would authorize a person to petition a court to set aside a conviction for an offense relating to solicitation or prostitution, based on a finding that the person is factually innocent of the charge if the person is a victim of human trafficking and the offense is a result of the petitioner’s status as a victim of that crime. In that case, the bill would require the court to order the records of the arrest to be sealed and destroyed. AB 1951 – (Gomez) Vital Records: Birth Certificates This bill would require the State Registrar, with regard to identification of the parents, to modify the birth certificate to contain 2 lines that both read “Name of Parent” and contain, next to each parent’s name, 3 check boxes with the options of mother, father, and parent to describe the parent’s relationship to the child. The bill would also require that all local registrars, deputy registrars, and sub-registrars use the modified birth certificate, update all forms to incorporate the modification, and discard all forms in use before the modification. Support

11 Legislation We’re Watching: Priority AB 2668 – (Quirk-Silva) Foster Care: Nonminor Dependents Parents Establishes a program for parenting nonminor dependents living in a supervised independent living placement (SILP) to create a parenting support plan an identified adult (of their choice). The plan would identify ways in which the responsible adult will assist the youth and his/her baby. Upon completion of the plan, the custodial non-minor dependent parent’s foster care payment would be increased by $200 dollars each month. AB 2035– (Chesbro) Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Minors This bill clarifies that a child, who is a victim of sexual exploitation and trafficking, falls under a court’s dependency system. It would create an interagency workgroup, in consultation with the California Child Welfare Council and California Health and Human Services Agency, to develop a comprehensive state plan to serve and protect the CSEC population. The bill requires counties to develop interagency protocols for responding and serving the CSEC population and a multidisciplinary approach to case management. The bill requires a training course for social workers, foster parents, and group home administrators on sensitivity, best practices, and care for a sexually exploited and trafficked minor. Support

12 Legislation We’re Watching: Priority SB 1038 – (Leno) Juveniles: Dismissal of Petitions This bill provides for the automatic dismissal of juvenile petitions and sealing of records, as specified, in cases where a juvenile offender successfully completes probation, and authorizes the juvenile court to dismiss a delinquency petition after a person reaches the age of 21. AB 1441 – (Stone) Forster Youth: Partial Credits This bill enacts the California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013, which creates the California Homes and Jobs Trust Fund in the State Treasury. The legislature may appropriate moneys in the fund to support development, acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of low and moderate income households. Support Watch SB 391 – (DeSaulnier) California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013 This bill enacts the California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013, which creates the California Homes and Jobs Trust Fund in the State Treasury. The legislature may appropriate moneys in the fund to support development, acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of low and moderate income households Support

13 Legislation We’re Watching: Priority AB 2591– (Weber) Homeless Youth: Basic Material Needs Assistance This bill would create the Homeless Youth Basic Materials Needs Assistance Program and would require that moneys appropriated by the Legislature for the purposes of the program be allocated proportionally to counties by the Department of Social Services based on the number of homeless youth in the county. The bill would require a county that elects to establish a program to solicit proposals from and contract with nonprofit organizations for the purpose of providing basic materials needs assistance to homeless youth in the county as directed by the county and would require contracted nonprofit organizations to consult with the county’s First 5commission, if the county elects to include homeless youth from birth to 5 years of age, inclusive, in its program. SB 761 – (DeSaulnier) Voluntary Tax Contributions: Homeless Youth School Supplies This bill would instead require money in the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be allocated to the State Department of Education for distribution to a nonprofit organization, exempt from taxation, for the sole purpose of assisting pupils in California pursuant to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act by providing grants of school supplies and health- related products to partnering learning education agencies, as provided. Watch

14 1. Stay up to date on latest developments at the Capitol regarding youth policy issues (including exclusive access to these webinars! 2. Get a BIG discount on your Taking Action Conference registration rate and network with other like-minded individuals and organizations. 3. Request specialized data from the California Youth Crisis Line to support your fund development and/or advocacy efforts.California Youth Crisis Line 4. Being a member instantly raises your "awesomeness factor" tenfold!

15 Thanks for joining!  Save the date – next members-only webinar scheduled for mid to late May. (Members Only)  Feel free to email Paul Curtis at paul@calyouth.org with any questions we didn’t address during today’s call.paul@calyouth.org  If you have any ideas for webinar topic(s) you would like covered in the next webinar, please let us know!  This Webinar PowerPoint will be available on the Members page of our website.


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