Our Media

Videos and Photos

A Young Mom's Story:

Shyanne

Shyanne first sought help from the Alliance when she was pregnant and without shelter. She shares her story of resilience and how the Alliance supported her in reunifying with her baby, helped her access critical resources, and empowered her to be an advocate and voice for change on behalf of other youth in foster care.

We're the Andersons.
An Adoption Story

March 13, 2021

“Thanks to the Alliance, we were able to give them security, stability, and love—the things that made them feel like they were home.”

The Alliance completed the Andersons’ adoption of their four nieces on National Adoption Day, November 2020.

Answering the Call during a Pandemic:
It Takes an Alliance

March 13, 2021

This is our Alliance. This past year, children, youth, and families in the child welfare system have been severely impacted by the pandemic. Since last March, our Alliance has mobilized to support 6,000+ young clients in need of critical services and legal aid—so that they can survive, heal, and thrive past this pandemic. This important work would not be possible without our incredible team.

The Alliance is Always There:
Jenniffer's Story

March 5, 2020

A young woman who was formerly in foster care, shares how the Alliance supported her and her two children when she was on the brink of homelessness, empowered her with parenting guidance and education, and provided legal advocacy to pave pathways to housing, healthcare and opportunity, so that she and her children can thrive.

The Alliance Advocated for Our Kids: The Arteaga Family

March 5, 2020

At our 28th Annual Dinner, one family shares their story about how the Alliance not only represented them in the adoption of both their daughter and their son, but also advocated to ensure that both developmentally-delayed children receive the vital therapies and education they had been wrongly denied. Thanks to the Saltz Family Early Intervention Advocacy Center, these services will positively change their children’s lives forever.

Hidden Foster Care: The Human Impact of Bypassing Foster Care

February 18, 2020

In partnership with Lincoln, we brought kin caregivers and experts together to activate dialogue around the adverse impacts of Hidden Foster Care. Due to a well-intentioned effort to “”keep kids out of the system,”” relatives are frequently encouraged to bypass juvenile court and care for at-risk children outside of formal foster care – often these families end up without the supports and services necessary to address the impacts of trauma. Together with our partners, we’re evaluating a set of recommendations to better aid these families.

The Power of Networks: Supporting the Needs of Foster Youth

December 16, 2019

Foster youth change schools an average of eight times while in care. Working with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and the Bonita Unified School District, we explore ways to better empower and support the educational needs of foster youth. 

Imelda's Story:
Guardianship Saves a Child's Life

June 14, 2019

One caregiver shares their guardianship story and how the Alliance and one of our stellar pro bono attorneys stepped in to help her better provide safety and stability for her beloved granddaughter.

An Important Victory on Equity and Support for Kinship Families

June 14, 2019

Recently, the Alliance lobbied successfully for emergency funding for relatives who take in children who enter foster care. Caregivers from across California joined us in Sacramento to share their stories of struggling to meet the needs of a young relative. Senator Holly Mitchell appears in the video during a meeting in which she invited these kinship families to speak with her directly about their plight.

Yennifer's Story

April 23, 2019

The Alliance advocates for expectant or parenting youth in foster care. Our team supports clients like Yennifer to attain housing, mental and medical healthcare, education, and employment, so they can raise healthy babies and build strong, resilient families.

Omar's Story

April 23, 2019

The Alliance finalizes one-third of all adoptions out of foster care in Los Angeles County for young people who often have waited years for a permanent home.

We are the only organization in Los Angeles that handles adoptions of young adults in extended foster care because you’re never too old to want and need love and support.

Education: An Early Intervention Story

April 16, 2018

Because the most critical time for intervention is in the first few years of life, the Alliance focuses on overcoming the legal barriers to obtain appropriate developmental and early education assessments and services for children 0-5.

One of our caregiver clients shares her story and the importance of early intervention services for her two adopted daughters.

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

April 9, 2018

When a youth’s emotional or behavioral issues are not addressed appropriately at school, they can escalate to the point where they are considered “a problem” for the juvenile justice system to handle instead of the school system. Once in the juvenile justice system, if their needs continue to go unmet, they often spiral deeper into the system. Our goal is to help young people in foster care avoid incarceration, homelessness, and other negative outcomes. By identifying the need for services, we can avoid disciplinary issues and address a youth’s education needs.

Photos

March 5, 2020

November 24, 2019

May 4, 2019

March 28, 2018

March 16, 2017

March 10, 2016

February 26, 2016

November 24, 2015

November 15, 2015

April 29, 2015

November 23, 2014

The Alliance advocates for thousands of young clients and their families each year.

Sign up to join the Alliance and stay connected to the work we’re doing in response to the needs of children, young adults, and families impacted by the child welfare system.