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AB-3204 Foster care.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 3204


Introduced by Assembly Member Low

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Section 16001.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to foster care.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3204, as introduced, Low. Foster care.
Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to promote the participation of current and former foster youth in the development of state foster care and child welfare policy and, subject to the availability of funds, to contract with California Youth Connection to provide technical assistance and outreach to current and former foster youth.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 16001.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

16001.7.
 (a) The department shall promote the participation of current and former foster youth in the development of state foster care and child welfare policy. Subject to the availability of funds, the department shall contract with the California Youth Connection to provide technical assistance and outreach to current and former foster youth. In executing this contract, the responsibilities of the California Youth Connection shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Providing leadership training to current and former foster youth between the ages of 14 and 21 years. 14 and 21 years of age, inclusive.
(2) Providing outreach and technical assistance to current and former foster youth to form and maintain California Youth Connection chapters, including recruiting and training adult volunteer supporters.
(3) Enabling foster youth to be represented in policy discussions pertinent to foster care and child welfare issues.
(4) Enhancing the well-being of foster youth and increasing public understanding of foster care and child welfare issues.
(5) Developing educational materials and forums related to foster care.
(b) Funds provided to the California Youth Connection pursuant to the contract shall not be used for activities not allowed under federal law relating to the receipt of federal financial participation for independent living services, including, but not limited to, lobbying and litigation.