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County of Los Angeles
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
425 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, California 90020
Board of Supervisors MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS DON KNABE
Board of Supervisors
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FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2009
Contact: Amy Lemley, John Burton Foundation
Rally to Protect California's Most Vulnerable Children!
WHAT: A rally to call for the restoration of the $80 million cut in Child Welfare Services, included in Governor Schwarzenegger's line-item veto.
WHEN: Thursday, September 10th at
Rally starts at 10:00 a.m.
Press Conference starts at 10:30
WHERE: North Steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento
WHY: On July 28th, Governor Schwarzenegger included an $80 million cut to Child Welfare Services in his line-item veto. When the associated reduction in federal funding is included, the total loss to Child Welfare Services is $124 million. The most likely effect of the cut will be a reduction in up to 755 social workers, who ensure the safety of children in foster care and prevent further abuse and neglect. Other possible impacts include cuts in transitional housing for homeless former foster youth, support for kin caring for the children of other family members, foster parents recruitment and training, caseworker and group home monthly visits and health services for children in foster care.
The legislature recesses on September 11th. NOW is the time to stand together for California's most vulnerable children! Not only is this cut a direct threat to their safety, it is in direct opposition to Governor Schwarzenegger's former stated commitment for children and youth in California's foster care system.
WHO: Organizers include the California County Welfare Director's Association, the California State Association of Counties, the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, the Youth Law Center, Service Employees International Union, the John Burton Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse California and many more.
For more information, please contact Amy Lemley of the
John Burton Foundation at 415-693-1322 or firstname.lastname@example.org