The Children's Partnership

The Children's Partnership (TCP) works in California and nationally to ensure that all children—especially those at risk of being left behind—have the resources and the opportunities they need to grow up healthy and lead productive lives. TCP focuses particular attention on securing health coverage for all children, simplifying and modernizing how families enroll in public programs, and ensuring that the opportunities offered by computers and the Internet benefit all children and families. See below for more information about TCP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

Foster Children

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  • TCP Joins in Launch of New Program for Foster Youth in Ventura County

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP), alongside public and private partners,launched the Ventura County Foster Health Link to help coordinate health care information for foster care youth in Ventura County through information technology. The program will allow foster parents, health care providers, and caseworkers to electronically access a specific child’s health information via a secure web-based system.  Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of TCP, stated, “This project is a powerful example of how technical innovation, combined with knowledge of children's needs, can lead to stronger support for kids.”
  • The Children's Partnership Published Article on the Necessary Steps to Cover Foster Youth

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, Founder & Co-President of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), published an article in the Huffington Post, co-authored by Ginny Puddefoot of TCP, on the necessary steps states need to take to ensure that former foster youth have access to coverage under the ACA. Specifically, Lazarus notes that states needs to take proactive steps to ensure former foster youth are aware of and can access Medicaid coverage until age 26. She argues that states, acting as “parents,” have an “obligation and responsibility to identify and notify former foster youth, under age 26, of these new health options.” States should also ensure that current foster youth retain their Medicaid coverage.
  • Hey, Techy Advocates! Check Out First Focus and Children's Partnership's Brief on Using Information Technology to Identify and Track Young Adults in Foster Care

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    First Focus and CA: First Focus, in collaboration with their State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) partners, and the Children’s Partnership published a brief on investing in IT systems that enable electronic information exchanges for helping to identify and track young adults in foster care. In addition, a webinar was held on January 31st to provide an overview and to discuss the brief. 
  • TCP Director Featured in Blog on ACA's Benefits for Foster Care

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    In celebration of Foster Care month, The Children’s Partnership (TCP) Director of HIT Initiatives for Vulnerable Youth Ginny Puddefoot, was featured on a Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Say Ahh! blog post. The post focuses on how foster care can benefit the from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) due to a provision extending Medicaid coverage for foster children until the age of 26 beginning in 2014; currently Medicaid benefits end for foster children at age 21.

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