On April 13, California governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state was investing $42 million to help protect the state’s foster youth population and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan includes direct support to families, as well as funds for additional social worker outreach and Family Resource Centers.

From the Office of the Governor:

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable and nurturing environment free from fear, abuse and neglect,” said Governor Newsom. “Our foster youth and the families who care for them need our support to get through this difficult time. We’re ramping up funding on initiatives that keep families together and support the social workers who provide critical services to help families thrive.”

View the entire release here. For local information and contacts, visit HCOE’s Foster & Homeless Youth Resources page.