Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion directing the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to begin to locally implement Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order to support foster youth during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“I applaud Gov. Newsom for investing $42 million to protect foster youth and their families impacted by COVID-19. This investment will support social worker outreach, funding for family resource centers, and expansion for helplines for foster youth and their families.
“Additionally, approximately 200 young adults age out of the foster care system each month statewide. Many of them are at risk of homelessness and food insecurity, and Gov. Newsom’s action to allow counties to extend the ‘aging out’ timeline for foster youth will serve as a lifeline for many during this pandemic.
“As April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, this support comes at a pivotal moment. LA County has the largest child welfare system in the country and we have a responsibility to adapt to this current crisis by leveraging state funding to keep vulnerable families together, support social workers, and provide continued services even after youth in foster care turn 21. I remain as determined as ever to make sure foster youth and their families gain access to the resources they need to get through this crisis healthy and safe.”
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