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Expansion of Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board Approved by Supervisors

07/23/19

Today the Board of Supervisors passed a measure brought forward by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, in partnership with Vice Chairman Greg Cox, to expand the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board to include four more people as voting members of the Advisory Board.

“I have long advocated for expanding the community’s involvement to help make the structural changes needed to improve the Child Welfare System,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair of the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board. “The Advisory Board is the vehicle for us to drive change. Adding more members with lived-experience and representatives from our foster youth facilities ensures the youth perspective is well represented.”  

When created, the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board expanded the community involvement from just nine people to 21 people, but during the first meeting on June 18, it was raised that representatives from A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center, San Pasqual Academy and more people with lived experience should be added. The requested additions will bring the total number of Advisory Board members to 25. 

Supervisor Fletcher noted after the June 18, he met with community leaders, which helped to solidify the decision to expand the Advisory Board and expressed  “sincere appreciation to those who  met with us as we continue to push for change in the child welfare system.”   

The Board’s action on Tuesday directs the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to amend the existing ordinance for the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board so two more individuals with lived experience who reflect the over represented populations in the system with a preference for former foster youth, one seat representing the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center and one seat representing San Pasqual Academy can be added. 

The CAO will return to Board of Supervisors on August 6, 2019 for the first reading of the ordinance, and if approved, return to the Board to consider and adopt the ordinance on September 10, 2019.        

The next Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board meeting is on September 13, 2019 from 9-11 a.m. at a location to be determined. The public is welcome to attend.