Amended in Assembly September 8, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 103

Introduced by Assembly Member McCarty

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Atkins, Baker, Bigelow, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Rodriguez, Salas, Steinorth, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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August 26, 2015

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 103—Relative to adoption.


ACR 103, as amended, McCarty. Court Adoption and Permanency Month.

This measure would designate November 2015 as Court Adoption and Permanency Month and would encourage the courts and their local communities to join in activities to expedite permanency for children.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Consistent with its commitment to support practices
2and procedures that promote access to justice and improved case
3outcomes for California’s children and families, the Judicial
P1    1Council has recognized November as Court Adoption and
2Permanency Month every year since 1999; and

3WHEREAS, Nearly half a million incidents of child abuse and
4neglect are reported each year in California, and about 23,400
5children enter child welfare-supervised foster care for the first
6time each year; and

7WHEREAS, Nearly 62,900 children in California live apart
8from their families in child welfare-supervised out-of-home care;

10WHEREAS, Thirty-eight percent of the children in foster care
11in California have lived apart from their families for two or more
12years; and

13WHEREAS, Twenty-four percent of the youth in care are
14transitional-age youth between 16 and 20 years of age, inclusive;

16WHEREAS, Of the more than 26,000 California children who
17left foster care in 2014, approximately 57 percent were reunited
18with their families, 22 percent were adopted, and 6 percent exited
19foster care without reunifying or obtaining a permanent home by
20the time they reached the age of majority; and

21WHEREAS, Local courts and communities throughout
22California have created programs promoting permanency that have
23resulted in a reduction in the number of children waiting to live in
24safe, stable, and permanent homes; and

25WHEREAS, The Judicial Council has endeavored to support
26these programs by creating resources, including children’s activity
27books, orientation videos, and written materials for parents, to
28encourage parents and children in the dependency process; and

29WHEREAS, The Judicial Council remains committed to working
30with the Governor, the Legislature, and local courts and
31communities to ensure that every abused or neglected child finds
32a safe, stable, and permanent home with a loving family as quickly
33as possible; and

34WHEREAS, The Assembly and Senate are committed to
35working together to improve outcomes for children in the child
36welfare system; now, therefore, be it

37Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
38thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby designates
39November 2015 as Court Adoption and Permanency Month, during
40which the courts and their local communities are encouraged to
P3    1join in activities to expedite permanency for children; and be it

3Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
4of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.