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  Children’s Defense Fund-California: 2021 Policy Agenda

This document identifies the actions that CDF-CA is pursuing in 2021 to ensure that children—particularly poor Black, Brown and Indigenous children—have what they need to realize their potential. Recognizing that children don’t come in pieces, our policy agenda focuses on actions that support the whole child including their families, the communities where they live, the systems meant to serve them, and their physical and mental health.


  Building California’s Future: A Voter Guide to Championing Policies That Improve the Lives of California’s Children

The goal of this election guide is simple: to champion policies that improve the lives of California's children, particularly those who have been historically marginalized. We hope the information will make it easier to identify worthy candidates who understand the challenges facing children and families, and who commit to taking action to level the playing field for California's children, particularly poor children and children of color.


  SB 439 LA County Status Report

On September 30, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 439 to establish a minimum age of 12 years old for prosecuting youth in juvenile court in California, except in the most serious cases of murder and forcible rape. In response to the passage, the Board of Supervisors (Board) unanimously adopted a motion to set a minimum age for Los Angeles County’s juvenile justice system. The motion directs the Department of Health Services Office of Diversion and Reentry’s Division (ODR’s) of Youth Diversion and Development (YDD) to develop a comprehensive plan to divert younger children from juvenile court jurisdiction and detention.

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