Child Welfare

Newsom Budget Calls for New Early Childhood Department, Boosts Funds for Housing, Mental Health and Foster Care Reform

In his second annual budget proposal on Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) pledged to create a new Department of Early Childhood Development, vowed to pursue substantive behavioral health reforms in California and continued to […]

Children's Mental Health

In California, Cautious Optimism About Better Collaboration on Kids Under Newsom

California advocates and policymakers are guardedly hopeful that the new governor will walk the walk when it comes to responding to child trauma and mental health challenges for children in the state. That was the […]

Child Trauma

California’s Surgeon General Readies Statewide Screening for Child Trauma

Soon after being appointed California’s first-ever surgeon general, Nadine Burke Harris took off on a barnstorming tour across the state to talk about adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress, an issue she calls “the biggest […]

Child Welfare

Gavin Newsom Names Kimberley Johnson to Head California Child Welfare System

Kimberley Johnson has been announced as the new director of the California Department of Social Services (DSS), which oversees the state’s county-run child welfare system. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as […]