California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care

Blue Ribbon logoIn 2006, when Chief Justice Ronald  M. George first appointed the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, he charged it with providing recommendations to the Judicial Council of California on the ways in which the courts and their child welfare partners could improve safety, permanency, well-being, and fairness outcomes for children and families in the state. After the commission issued its recommendations in August 2008, Chief Justice George reappointed the commission for another three years, starting in June 2009, to work on implementing the recommendations. 

In March 2012, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye reappointed the commission to work on the implementation of its recommendations. During the BRC annual meeting in May 2012, she also charged the commission with creating an initiative to keep kids in school and out of court. These efforts included holding a summit on the issue of how truancy and school discipline policies can lead to poor outcomes for our children and youth and what can be done about it. The summit took place on December 4, 2013.

A Brief History of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care

Blue Ribbon Commission Members

Resources


California Dependency Online Guide

California Dependency Online Guide (CalDOG)
The California Dependency Online Guide is a website that provides dependency-related case law, legal materials, articles and other resources to California attorneys, judicial officers, social workers, tribal representatives, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and other child welfare professionals. The website provides access to high-quality, up-to-date information for professionals working in California’s dependency system, regardless of the size of the county, the employer, or the availability of legal and other resources in the local area. It also ensures that attorneys practicing anywhere in the state are able to complete the statutory training required to be eligible to accept appointment as counsel for parents or children. For more information, view the CalDOG postcard and fact sheet. Subscriptions are free and available to professionals working in the field of juvenile dependency. Log in or subscribe here.

Child Welfare County Data Profiles for the Courts

The Child Welfare County Data Profiles for the Courts are a series of county-level reports that provide relevant information on the juvenile dependency caseload in California. The data contained in these reports are drawn primarily from publicly available data stored in California's child welfare data system (CWS/CMS). The reports have been designed to meet the data needs of judicial officers, court managers and court executives. Following a high-level data dashboard, these reports contain information on court caseloads, voluntary caseloads, juvenile dependency filings, family maintenance cases, numbers of children in foster care, foster care entries and exits, foster care placement types, in-care rates by race and ethnicity, reentries into foster care, time to adoption, permanent placement outcomes, and youth aging out of foster care. The reports, available as both PDF and Excel files, will be updated every six months.  

Alameda
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Kings
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Placer
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Sierra
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Alpine
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Lake
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Plumas
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Siskiyou
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Amador
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Lassen
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Riverside 
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Solano
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Butte
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Los Angeles
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Sacramento
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Sonoma
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Calaveras
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Madera
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San Benito
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Stanislaus
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Colusa
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Marin
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San Bernardino
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Sutter
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Contra Costa
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Mariposa
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San Diego
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Tehama
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Del Norte
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Mendocino
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San Francisco
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Trinity
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El Dorado
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Merced
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San Joaquin
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Tulare
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Fresno
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Modoc
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San Luis Obispo
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Tuolumne
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Glenn
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Mono
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San Mateo
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Ventura
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Humboldt
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Monterey
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Santa Barbara
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Yolo
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Imperial
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Napa
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Santa Clara
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Yuba
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Inyo
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Nevada
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Santa Cruz
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Kern
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Orange
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Shasta
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Final Report and Action Plan

Final Report and Action Plan: Fostering a New Future for California's Children (May 2009)
In its first three years the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care worked with other child welfare partners to grasp the scope of the need for reform efforts in foster care. Then it drafted a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at ensuring that every child in California has a safe, secure, and permanent home. Those recommendations and a plan to implement them can be found in this report

Final Report and Action Plan - Executive Summary (May 2009)
The summary includes the highlights of the commission’s recommendations and action plan, the result of an unprecedented three-year collaborative effort to help California’s overstressed juvenile dependency courts do a better job of safeguarding children, reduce the need for foster care, and improve the foster care system.

Blue Ribbon Commission Implementation Progress Report (August 2010)
This is the commission’s first implementation progress report, documenting the efforts of local and statewide collaborations to advance the commission’s recommendations and to begin the process of implementing sweeping reforms to the juvenile dependency court and child welfare systems in California.

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