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          103 (McCarty)

          As Introduced  August 26, 2015

          Majority vote

          |Committee       |Votes|Ayes                  |Noes                |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |Rules           |11-0 |Gordon, Chang, Burke, |                    |
          |                |     |Campos, Cooley, Dodd, |                    |
          |                |     |Jones, Mayes,         |                    |
          |                |     |Rodriguez, Waldron,   |                    |
          |                |     |Wood                  |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |

          SUMMARY:  Designates November 2015 as Court Adoption and  
          Permanency Month and encourages the courts and their local  
          communities to join in activities to expedite permanency for  
          children.  Specifically, this resolution makes the following  
          legislative findings:

          1)Consistent with its commitment to support practices and  
            procedures that promote access to justice and improved case  
            outcomes for California's children and families, the Judicial  
            Council has recognized November as Court Adoption and  


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            Permanency Month every year since 1999.

          2)Each year in California nearly half a million incidents of  
            child abuse and neglect are reported and about 23,400 children  
            enter child welfare-supervised foster care for the first time  
            each year; and nearly 62,000 California children live apart  
            from their families in child welfare-supervised out-of-home  

          3)Thirty-eight percent of the children in foster care in  
            California have lived apart from their families for two or  
            more years.  Twenty-four percent of the youth in care are  
            transitional-age youth between 16 and 20 years of age.

          4)Of the more than 26,000 California children who left foster  
            care in 2014, approximately 57% were reunited with their  
            families, 22% were adopted, and 6% exited foster care without  
            reunifying or obtaining a permanent home by the time they  
            reached the age of majority.

          5)Programs promoting permanency have been created by local  
            courts and communities in California that have resulted in a  
            reduction in the number of children waiting to live in safe,  
            stable, and permanent homes.

          6)The Judicial Council remains committed to working with the  
            Governor, the Legislature, and local courts and communities to  
            ensure that every abused or neglected child finds a safe,  
            stable, and permanent home with a loving family as quickly as  

          FISCAL EFFECT:  None


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          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800  FN: