Making an Emergency Plan with Youth in Congregate Care in California: A Toolkit for Dependency Attorneys, Youth Providers, and Advocates

This toolkit explains California foster youth in congregate care facilities face an increased risk of harm compared to youth who live in family homes in a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that as the daily functions of agencies and support systems involved in a youth’s case become more limited, resulting in fewer and different types of contact with the youth, the role of attorneys and advocates is critical to ensuring that youth who can exit congregate care do so now, that facility conditions are monitored and reported, and that the full scope of the youth’s needs are met. Youth Law Center 

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