The Chronicle of Social Change recently posted an op-ed on the issue of group homes for foster youth. As an organization that frequently interacts with the youth in these homes, we felt it appropriate to join the conversation.
Program Director Erika Dirkse responds to the piece here:
"Like many social service initiatives the Continuum of Care Reform in California is complicated: well-intentioned and hopeful in spirit and theory but short-sighted in implementation and practicality. Careful consideration of the issues and discussion are critical to being solutions-oriented in the best interest of children, youth and families. As part of this dialogue please consider this article drawing attention to the unintended consequences of across-the-board congregate care closures in light of the unique and individualized experiences, needs and strengths of youth in foster care."
You can read the full article from the Chronicle of Social Change here.