California  NGA Policy Academy on Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

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The National Governors Association. NGA Center for Best Practices holds annual Policy Academies to ?develop innovative solutions to public policy challenges"Past topics: education, health, homeland security, the environment and social/workforce programs . 2006 Policy Academy . The 2006 Policy Academy focused on Youth Transitioning Out of Foster CareCA was one of six state selectedUnique opportunity to work with national and state experts to improve outcomes for foster youth in CA.

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1. California NGA Policy Academy on Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care Presentation to the California Child Welfare Council March 18th, 2008

2. The National Governors Association NGA Center for Best Practices holds annual Policy Academies to “develop innovative solutions to public policy challenges” Past topics: education, health, homeland security, the environment and social/workforce programs

3. 2006 Policy Academy The 2006 Policy Academy focused on Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care CA was one of six state selected Unique opportunity to work with national and state experts to improve outcomes for foster youth in CA

4. California Context About 26,000 foster youth aged 16 and over About 4,000 emancipate each year Array of programs to help foster youth transition, e.g. Independent Living Program Transitional Housing Chaffee Education Vouchers

5. California Context (contd.) Recent significant accomplishments: Housing— BIG expansion of THP+ Medical Coverage SSI coverage WIA One-stop Centers Guardian Scholars Foster Youth Services

6. California’s NGA Home Team Work with national and state experts Assess the current “environment” Identify cross-system needs and challenges Develop vision and strategies to ensure successful transition and improve outcomes

7. NGA California Home Team

8. Three Pillars of Successful Transition Permanence—lifelong connections Education—quality education, a high school diploma and post-secondary opportunities Employment—work experience and training opportunities

9. How We Did the Work Monthly “Home Team” Meetings Monthly “Workgroup” Meetings with Open Membership 3 National Policy Academy Meetings—July 2006 in Berkeley, November 2006 in Miami, December 2007 in Washington, DCMonthly “Home Team” Meetings Monthly “Workgroup” Meetings with Open Membership 3 National Policy Academy Meetings—July 2006 in Berkeley, November 2006 in Miami, December 2007 in Washington, DC

10. Timeline

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