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County’s Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board is looking for Applicants

09/10/19


The County of San Diego’s Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board is expanding its board member seats by four and is now accepting applications.

 The Board, co-chaired by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox, is comprised of professionals and people with lived-experiences with the Child Welfare System. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to advise the Board of Supervisors on how to make meaningful changes to the San Diego County Child Welfare System, as well as other systems that support children and families with the goal of improving outcomes.  It also serves as a platform for the community to provide direct input and stay informed.

 The four additional board member seats being added are as follows:

  • Two (2) individuals with lived-experience who reflect over-represented populations in the system with a preference for former foster youth.  This individual could be a former foster youth, a biological parent or grandparent of a child that was served by child welfare, or a foster/adoptive parent.

  • (1) Polinsky Children’s Center Seat: The ideal candidate should be well versed in how our local emergency shelter operates and the need it fulfills as an integral part of our continuum of services that make up San Diego's child welfare system.

  • (1) San Pasqual Academy Seat: An ideal candidate should be well versed on how the Academy operates, familiar with the on-campus partners and the needs or the youth that reside there.

Applications are now being accepted. Please link to the application here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/cob/docs/bcac/brdapp.pdf. For questions about the Advisory Board or Board Positions, please contact Rachel Weber by emailing her at Rachel.Weber2@sdcounty.ca.gov.  

About the new Advisory Board positions, Supervisor Fletcher said, “I have long advocated for expanding the community’s involvement to help make the structural changes needed to improve the Child Welfare System. “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.” 

Added Supervisor Cox said: “These new seats were added to ensure that those who are most affected by the system have the opportunity to change it. Additional insights from these new members will help inform us as we work to improve child welfare throughout the region.