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California Assembly Bill 2085

Children of color are significantly more likely to be reported for allegations of abuse and neglect, despite the vast majority of those allegations being unfounded or unsubstantiated. LGBTQ parents of color are even more likely to lose custody of their children through the child welfare system. Even when families are not separated by the system, unnecessary investigation and surveillance of families by the system harms children by disrupting family dynamics and stability. Mandated reporters of possible child abuse and neglect are currently required to report families impacted by poverty. NCLR supports AB 2085, which would change the requirements for California mandated reporters of possible child neglect to reduce the number of families unnecessarily swept into the child welfare system simply based on poverty or bias.

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California Youth Bill of Rights

Currently, California’s Youth Bill of Rights only covers youth detained in some juvenile justice facilities. NCLR is co-sponsoring AB 2417, which would expand these rights to all youth in any juvenile justice facility, as well as expand protections for educational rights and protection against discrimination based on gender expression and immigration status.

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