AB 1006 (Maienschein) would aim to improve permanency outcomes for foster youth by requiring that case plans address use of permanency services, including training on adoption and permanency casework for designated Child Protective Services workers, and providing prospective adoptive families and guardians with information regarding the importance of working with mental health professionals, among other changes.
AAP Positional Letter
May 16, 2017
The Honorable Brian Maienschein
Sacramento, CA 94249
Fax: (916) 319-2177
RE: AB 1006 (Maienschein): Foster youth
AAP-CA Position: SUPPORT
Dear Assemblymember Maienschein:
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, strongly supports proposed legislation AB 1006 (Maienschein). This bill would require that certain permanency services be provided to foster youth in order to facilitate their placement with permanent families.
Foster youth are among the most vulnerable populations in California. Many have lived through multiple, often severe traumas, receive little or no family support, and must regularly integrate themselves into entirely new living environments while also managing their academic careers. It is essential that we work towards providing foster youth with the security and stability of permanent homes. This, in turn, requires that we provide them with critical support services, such as permanency services that are currently underutilized despite their proven effectiveness at improving outcomes for foster youth.
AB 1006 (Maienschein) would help foster youth move towards stable outcomes by requiring that case plans for those in foster care for at least 3 years address the use of permanency services, providing written information about permanency services to members of Child and Family Teams, requiring that case plans for foster youth 14 and older include information describing permanency services and that this information be provided to the foster youth, and requiring that case plans include the efforts taken to place a foster youth with a permanent family. These changes would help move foster youth into permanent homes and thus improve their short- and long-term physical and mental well-being.
Pediatricians across the state support AB 1006 (Maienschein). We thank you for your leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.
Elizabeth Kuilanoff, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Policy Analyst, AAP-CA
Chief Executive Officer
American Academy of Pediatrics, California
CC: AAP-CA Leadership; Lydia Bourne