(Governor Brown Signs AB 260)
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblywoman Patty López (D-San Fernando) announces that Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 260. This legislation will shield certain information in a parenting foster youth's case file from being inappropriately used while ensuring the parent receives supportive services to care for their child.
“I remember the challenges that I had when I was a new mother myself,” said Assemblywoman Patty López. “As a mother I could not imagine what life would be like to not have the opportunity to care and nurture for my own child. It is only right that we give foster youth who are parents the ability to care for their child while maintaining the principals of keeping families together.”
Parenting foster youth is a unique subpopulation in foster care which faces a specific set of challenges. Not only are these dependents still working toward their own goals and successful transition to independence, but they are also faced with raising a child. In a recent study surveying 17-year olds in extended foster care found that 26 percent of respondents had been pregnant at least once which also showed that a quarter of parenting foster youth had at least one child who was a dependent of the court creating a cycle in the foster care system.
"By signing AB 260 into law, the governor has helped us take a step toward breaking the cycle of foster care," said Kyle Sporleder, policy director for the California Youth Connection, sponsor of the bill. "Our members are thrilled to see this shift toward heeding the voices of parenting foster youth and helping them raise their children so that they can stay out of the system and instead stay with their family."
Assemblywoman Patty López represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Arleta, Granada Hills, North Hollywood, Mission Hills, Pacoima, San Fernando, Sunland, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Tujunga