California Foster Care System Prepares to Phase Out Group Homes

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In October, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law intended to scale back the use of group homes by the state's foster care system. Assembly Bill 403 aimed to reduce the time kids spent in group homes and instead place children more quickly into foster families. The new law goes into effect in January as part of a larger framework called Continuum of Care Reform (CCR). As part of Forum's series on foster care, we look at what these changes will mean for local and state agencies and for foster youth.

What is California's Continuum of Care Reform


Carroll Schroeder, executive director, California Alliance of Child and Family Services

Monserrat Zarza, foster youth, California Youth Connections

Sara Rogers, chief of the Continuum of Care Reform Bureau, California Department of Social Services

Sylvia Deporto, deputy director, Human Services Agency of San Francisco