Message from Justice Carlos R. Moreno

September 2009

It is my pleasure to help roll out the Blue Ribbon Commission's first issue of "Foster Care Reform Update: A Briefing for County and Statewide Collaborations." This bi-monthly update will focus on California statewide and county-level foster care reform efforts, in the hope of being a vehicle for sharing information, ideas, and inspiration. Over the next three years, this update will help the commission as it seeks to implement our recommendations, which are designed to reduce the need for foster care, help California's overstressed juvenile dependency courts do a better job of safeguarding children, and improve the foster care system.

I was so pleased and inspired to hear at our June meeting about the great work of four of our new local blue ribbon commissions—from Imperial, Orange, San Luis Obispo, and Solano Counties. This update and the next will highlight the work of those four local collaborations. Each subsequent issue will highlight another local blue ribbon commission, so all of us look forward to hearing about the work each of you are doing in your county. I am also pleased to say that our commissioners will be sharing their expertise with you in each issue of the update. Commissioner Donna Myrow is leading off with some tips on how you can get your message out on foster care reform efforts in your county.

I invite you to share your ideas with us about how to make this update an indispensable resource for you.

Carlos R. Moreno
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California
Chair, California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care

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“Foster Care Reform Update: A Briefing for County and Statewide Collaborations” is produced by the AOC Center for Families, Children, & the Courts. Questions, comments, or article ideas on editorial content should be directed to Chris Cleary. All other questions and requests for subscriptions may be directed to Carolynn Bernabe, Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care at 415-865-7556.

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