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Children's Advocates Roundtable


Background / General Information

The Children's Advocates Roundtable, established in 1990, is an affiliation of over 200 statewide and regional children's policy organizations, representing over twenty issue disciplines (e.g., child abuse prevention, child care, education, poverty, housing, juvenile justice). The Roundtable is convened by the Children's Advocacy Institute, and is committed to providing a setting where statewide and locally-based children's advocates gather with advocates from other children's issue disciplines to share resources, information, and knowledge, and strategize on behalf of children; an opportunity to educate each other about the variety of issues and legislation that affect children and youth — facilitating prioritization of issues and minimizing infighting over limited state resources historically budgeted for children's programs; an opportunity to collaborate on joint projects that promote the interests of children and families; and a setting to foster a children's political movement, committed to ensuring that every child in California is economically secure, gets a good education, has access to health care, and lives in a safe environment.

The full Children's Advocates Roundtable meets quarterly. The date of the next full Roundtable is Aug. 29, 2019.

Each Roundtable consists of

  • Detailed discussions of emerging areas of significance for children's advocates.
  • Discussions of timely matters important to all children's advocates, such as the budget, elections, or "inside the horseshoe" information.
  • An opportunity for Roundtable members to discuss their legislative and advocacy priorities, and seek support and assistance from other members.

For more information on the Roundtable, or to sign up for our email list, please contact CAI's Melanie Delgado at (619) 260-4806.


Date: Aug. 29, 2019

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Agenda coming soon!

We look forward to hearing from these speakers and organizations and having an interesting discussion about important issues that impact California’s children and youth.
Lunch will be provided, so please be sure to RSVP.


California Endowment
1414 K Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA

Call In Information:

Call in number: (866) 422-9305
Participant Code #: 1972357656

For a map of parking lots in the downtown Sacramento area, please click here.

Information on the Roundtable's Child Welfare Subcommittee:

  • The Roundtable's Child Welfare Subcommittee meets monthly to discuss and strategize on issues concerning child abuse prevention, child protection, foster care, the dependency court process, etc.
  • For more information about the Roundtable's Child Welfare Subcommittee, please contact Susanna Kniffen at Children Now.


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Agendas and Meeting Materials
August 29, 2019 Agenda coming soon
May 9, 2019


New Law Presentation

Info Sheet 17: Continuum of Care Reform and SB 794 (Dependency Proceedings)

Congregate Care Chart

Family First Prevention Services Act: Info Sheet 1

CAPTA Bill Materials: Fact Sheet / Section by Section Summary / Full Bill Text

CCCSH: AB 1267 Graduated Driver License age change legislation – Statement of sponsorship and support

CCCSH: AB 1336 Kids Plates unintentional injury list update – statement of support and sponsorship

CCCSH: Overview and Childhood Unintentional Injury Legislation Update

CCCSH: SB 371 (Caballero) School Bus Stop Law Enforcement Sponsor’s Bill Background Information

Feb. 7, 2019

Meeting Notes


The New Vision for Juvenile Justice (NCSL: Sarah Alice Brown, Group Director, Criminal Justice Program)

The New Vision for Juvenile Justice: The Big Picture (Anna Johnson, National Center for Youth Law)

Ending the Criminalization of Poor Women and Girls of Color
(Young Women's Freedom Center, Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition, Youth Law Center)

YWFC / YLC: The Criminalization of Childhood

2019 Budget Asks (National Center for Youth Law)

Summary of Continuing Funding for Specialized Trafficking Victim Services (CAST)

A Legacy of Robust Research to Better Assist California's Trafficking Victims (CAST)

Clarify the Human Trafficking Victim-Caseworker Privilege (CAST)

Reconvening the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery Task Force (SB 35 Chang) (CAST)

Human Trafficking – Compensating Victims for Income Lost When Forced to Labor Without Pay (CAST)

Nov. 30, 2018


New Child Welfare Laws: 2018 Policy Reforms (Alliance for Children's Rights)

California Target Book (Darry A. Sragow)

Kids Count Data Book

Pain in the Nation

Building Community Resilience: Toolkit Series Volume I

Pair of Aces


Aug. 30, 2018


Reimaging Behavioral Health for California's Children (LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment)

Healthy Mind, Healthy Future (The Children's Partnership)

First 5 Developmental Journey (includes social-emotional milestones)
May 3, 2018


AB 2066 (Stone and Gomez Reyes): Sample Support Letter

AB 2066 (Stone and Gomez Reyes): Fact Sheet

SB 982 (Mitchell): Fact Sheet

SB 982 (Mitchell): Sample Support Letter

Children's Health Coalition Budget Letter

Women Infant Child (WIC) Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) to Medi-Cal for Children

March 21, 2018


Federal budget and tax policy for children’s advocates
First Focus

California Budget Perspective 2018-19
California Budget & Policy Center

Ending Child Poverty
Children's Defense Fund California

Nov. 30, 2017
Sept. 21, 2017
June 8, 2017
Dec. 15, 2016

Archived Meeting Materials

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University of San Diego School of Law
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