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SFCASA Board of Directors to Honor Gail Nebenzahl at Hot October Nights: Masquerade

September 12, 2013  |  SFCASA Blog  |  Comments Off

The Board of Directors of SFCASA is proud to honor long-time volunteer Gail Nebenzahl for her tremendous dedication and devotion to foster youth in San Francisco. Since the year 2000, when Gail completed her 40 hours of training and was sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, no one has worked more tirelessly and enthusiastically to support the healthy development of children in foster care in San Francisco. According to Board Chair Cori English, “Given that Gail founded the SFCASA Guild of volunteer fundraisers and the annual Hot October Nights gala, we couldn’t think of a better venue to

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The Case of Katie A. v. Bonta

August 14, 2013  |  SFCASA Blog  |  Comments Off

The class action settlement for Katie A. v. Bonta seeks to provide mental health services within both home and community settings for California children in the foster care system or at risk of removal from their families. On July 18, 2002, the plaintiffs filed a complaint, citing violations of federal Medicaid laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as sections of the Rehabilitation Act and California Government Code, among other statutes. Though the Los Angeles County portion of the lawsuit reached settlement in 2003 with the proposed closure of the MacLaren Center and the development of community services, a

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Foster Youth Vulnerable to Sex Trafficking

August 7, 2013  |  SFCASA Blog  |  Comments Off

A recent sweep that spanned 76 cities and rescued 105 prostitutes revealed an unsurprising but disturbing trend in the sex trafficking industry: victims alienated from their families are particularly vulnerable, since their disappearance often goes unreported. According to Detective Angela Irizarry of the Hayward Police Department, “Many of these kids come from runaway or group homes and they feel like this is the only way for them to survive on the street.” As Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division Ron Hosko notes, pimps are even recruiting straight out of foster care facilities. Aside from preying on those with an

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Foster Care: A System in Flux

July 29, 2013  |  SFCASA Blog  |  Comments Off

Though foster care is no substitute for a permanent home, there can be a world of difference between foster parents and therapeutic foster parents. Whereas the former often have 9-5 jobs and receive a supplemental stipend per child, the latter are trained as “mental health interventionists” and work with troubled youth 24/7, frequently providing therapy, rehabilitation, medication support, crisis intervention, substance abuse treatment, etc. Foster parent eligibility requires 24 hours of training, an orientation, home study, and background check, while therapeutic foster parents must undergo an additional 24-60 hours of training to address the problems of children who need “higher-level”

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