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Child and Family Strengthening


Too often, it’s the children who pay for the mistakes of adults. As a provider of Child Welfare Services, it is the County’s sacred responsibility to confront and address suspected incidences of child abuse and neglect. Chair Nathan Fletcher knows that kids who go through persistent “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) without proper interventions can face lifelong negative outcomes such as mental health trauma, chronic illness, low life potential, and even early death. That’s why he is leading the effort to change how the County can better protect  and meet the needs of children and families in our community. He is working alongside community partners and experts on the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board to identify policies and programs to build a more responsive system that ensures all children are protected, safe and thriving. 

News: Child and Family Strengthening

Education and Transportation Leaders Kick-off School Year Highlighting Free Transit for Youth

08/26/22

A new school year is about to begin for tens of thousands of students in San Diego, and getting to class is easier than ever before thanks to a recent program that makes transit free for all people 18 and under.

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New child welfare rules aim to keep siblings together, help foster parents

08/19/22

New child welfare practices have updated protections for children, families and staff and have allowed more than three-quarters of foster children to be placed with their siblings, according to a report to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SEEK NEARLY $12 MILLION FROM STATE FOR PARK ENHANCEMENTS

08/17/22

After launching Experience the Outdoors last week to provide better access to regional County parks, Chair Nathan Fletcher voted along with the other Supervisors to apply for nearly $12 million from the California Natural Resources Agency to make upgrades to the County’s Tijuana River Valley Regional Park.

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COUNTY LAUNCHES EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS PROGRAM

08/17/22

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, parks officials and others officially kicked off “Experience the Outdoors,” on August 10th, a campaign to give more San Diegans opportunities to enjoy nature and the County’s regional parks.

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CHAIR FLETCHER CELEBRATES SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN COUNTY CHILD WELFARE SERVICES OVER LAST 3 YEARS

08/16/22

All 88 recommendations by a working group to improve the County of San Diego’s Child Welfare Services were completed in March of this year after a rigorous three-year commitment made by Chair Nathan Fletcher and leadership of the department to drive change in and agency that was often maligned for poor execution in years past.

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San Diego County launches 'Experience the Outdoors' program

08/11/22

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, parks officials and others officially kicked off “Experience the Outdoors,” Wednesday, a campaign to give more San Diegans opportunities to enjoy nature and the County’s regional parks.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT LAUNCH EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS

08/10/22

Experience the Outdoors, a program announced by Chair Nathan Fletcher during the 2022 State of San Diego County Address, launched today at Los Penasquitos Canyon County Preserve to eliminate financial, equipment & training barriers so more San Diego County families and residents can enjoy the County’s 23 Regional Parks.

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County launches 'Experience The Outdoors' program

08/10/22

Wednesday, the county launched its 'Experience The Outdoors' program at the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

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Opinion: Support AB 2408 to Stop Social Media Companies from Exploiting Kids

08/02/22

Have you scrolled through your social media feed lately? Depending on your age, interests, and viewing history, your feed will be populated with plenty of engaging content — vacation photos, birthday celebrations, hilarious videos, sports highlights, and probably all sorts of content that you may not be subscribed to but has been curated to capture your attention.

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Mayor Todd Gloria Announces ‘Parks After Dark’ Free Community Celebrations to Bring Neighbors Together and Reduce Crime

07/12/22

As part of an effort to bring communities together and create safer neighborhoods, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera, San Diego County Health and Human Services Director Nick Machionne, and the San Diego Parks Foundation today announced the launch of “Parks After Dark,” a new “Come Play Outside” program that will transform three San Diego neighborhood parks into community festivals every weekend this summer.

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Callum’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults in or just exiting the foster care system can ride bus and rail lines throughout San Diego County for free starting July 1.

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Jacqueline’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults in or transitioning out of the foster care system in San Diego County will soon be eligible for free public transportation through a new pilot program.

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Damian’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults who are or have been in foster care can ride buses and trolleys in San Diego County for free starting July 1.

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New Pilot Program Will Offer Free Transit Passes for Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care

06/17/22

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) approved a new pilot program to offer access to free transit fares for people 18 through 24 who have previously been in and exited the foster care system, or who are currently in Extended Foster Care.

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CHAIR FLETCHER, VICE CHAIR VARGAS’ ARTS & CULTURE COMMISSION ORDINANCE PASSES

06/14/22

Today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas’ ordinance to establish a new 13-member San Diego County Arts and Culture Commission.

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TWO COUNTY SUPERVISORS WANT COUNTY TO PROACTIVELY SUE GUN MANUFACTURERS

06/13/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisors Terra Lawson Remer want to further strengthen the County of San Diego’s position on protecting residents from unnecessary gun violence by holding gun manufacturers accountable through litigation.

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COUNTY SUPES FLETCHER & VARGAS WANT TO CREATE ARTS & CULTURE COMMISSION

06/09/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas want to reestablish a San Diego County Arts and Culture Commission.

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County supervisors vote to assess and possibly expand access to abortion

05/24/22

San Diego County health officials will study the availability of abortion and other reproductive health care in the county and explore ways to expand those services, following a split vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

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NEW PARK OPENS IN SPRING VALLEY WITH COMMUNITY GARDEN, PLAY AREA, EXERCISE EQUIPMENT AND MORE

05/22/22

On Friday, May 13th, the grand opening of the Ildica County Park located at 8604 Ildica St. in Spring Valley took place.

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FREE COLLEGE, CAREER & BASIC NEEDS FAIR FOR STUDENTS & ADULTS ON SATURDAY, MAY 21 HOSTED BY CHAIR FLETCHER & AVENUES FOR SUCCESS AT HERBERT HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL

05/18/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher during his 2022 State of San Diego County Address discussed preparing our next generation workforce to be able to support their families, and he has partnered with Avenues for Success, Hoover High School and the Social Justice Academy with funding from the San Diego Foundation to host The Village United: a college and career fair that will feature workshops and basic needs resources for high school students, and adult members of the San Diego County community.

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COUNTY SUPPORTS YOUTH OPPORTUNITY PASSES WITH $1.5 MILLION

05/10/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and his colleagues on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today passed Vice Chair Nora Vargas’ policy to allocate $1.5 million in County resources to support Youth Opportunity Pass Pilot Program. After the vote, Chair Fletcher issued the following statement:

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COUNTY ACCEPTS $1M FEDERAL APPROPRIATION TO EXPAND CHILD CARE CAPACITY IN SAN DIEGO, ONE DAY AFTER 400 DAY CARE CENTERS IN 27 STATES CLOSED FOR NATIONAL PROTEST

05/10/22

A day after hundreds of daycare centers in 27 states closed due to a National Day Without Child Care, Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the other members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized accepting $1,000,000 in federal appropriations, secured by U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs, to create a childcare expansion fund to help small child care entities, both center-based and home-based, make acquisitions and capital improvements to expand the number of San Diego families they can serve.

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San Diego County votes to accept funding for child care centers

05/10/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to accept $1 million in federal funds for child care providers.

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Supervisors unanimously accept $1M in federal funds for child care centers

05/10/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to unanimously accept $1 million in federal funds obtained by Rep. Sara Jacobs through the Small Business Administration’s annual funding bill.

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Supervisors vote to accept funding for child care centers

05/10/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Thursday to accept $1 million in federal funds for child care providers.

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