Children's Advocates Roundtable

Next Meeting: Feb. 23, 201712 – 3 p.m. at the Sacramento Public Library Galleria, 828 I Street, East Room, Sacramento, CA  AGENDA COMING SOON!

Background / General Information

The Children's Advocates Roundtable, established in 1990, is an affiliation of over 300 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 Children's Advocates Roundtable meets quarterly. The date of the next full Roundtable is  Feb. 23, 2017, from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Sacramento Public Library Galleria, 828 I Street, East Room, Sacramento, CA 

Each Roundtable consists of:

  • A detailed discussion of an emerging area of significance for children's advocates, coordinated and presented by a different Roundtable member organization each time. This is a great opportunity for Roundtable member organizations to inform and educate others about new issues of importance! If your organization is interested in coordinating such a detailed discussion for a future Roundtable, please contact Ed Howard at (916) 844-5646 or Melanie Delgado at (619) 260-4806.
  • A discussion 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 briefly discuss their legislative and advocacy priorities, and seek support and assistance from other members.

Although other Roundtable members will be helping to select and present topics of significance for discussion, CAI will continue to provide the facility, food/beverages, promotion and general coordination for the quarterly meetings, as well as a call-in option for Roundtable members unable to attend in person.

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

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.
  • Subcommittee meetings are typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  When Subcommittee meeting dates coincide with the full Roundtable meeting dates (quarterly), the Subcommittee meetings are held from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.  On all other 3rd Thursdays of the month, the Subcommittee meetings are held from 1:00-3:00 pm. 
  • For more information about the Roundtable's Child Welfare Subcommittee, please contact Susanna Kniffen at Children Now.


Feb. 23, 2017 Agenda coming soon!
Dec. 15, 2016 Agenda
Sept. 23, 2016 Agenda
June 30, 2016 Agenda
January 21, 2016 Agenda
November 5, 2015 Agenda
August 20, 2015 Agenda
May 21, 2015 Agenda 
Jan 22, 2015 Agenda
Speakers Bios
California's Child Welfare Continuum of Care Reform   Legislative Update
Roundtable Notes
Governor's Proposed Budget, 2015-16
Nov 3,  2014 Agenda
Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors: An Overview 
ILRC Policy Presentation   
Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors: Legal Services Landscape
Sep 11, 2014 Agenda
What is Mental Health Parity   
Parity Project Overview 
California Mental Health Parity Act:  A Way to Expand   Mental Heath for Children and Youth 
Powerpoint presentation: An Advocate's Guide to Mental   Health Parity
Pathways to Well-Being  Child   and Family Teaming Standards
Katie A. Implementation Progress   & Hurdles: Child & Family Team Component
Step Up for Kin: Approved Relative   Caregiver Funding Option Program
ACIN I-42-14 -- Approved Relative   Caregiver Funding Option Program
July 10, 2014 Agenda
AB 388 Fact Sheet
AB 388 Case Examples  
AB 1089 Fact Sheet
AB 1089 Sample Support Letter
AB 1882 Fact Sheet  
California Budget Project: Budget Overview Powerpoint Presentation
Children's Partnership:   California Foster Care Advocate Input -- Client-Level Outfacing Feature  
Children's Partnership: Improving  Care Coordination for CA's Children and Youth in Foster Care Using Integrated Personal Health Records: A Strategic Plan of Action  
Foster Youth Services: LCFF Alignment Fact Sheet
Foster Youth Services: LCFF Alignment Support Letter
Act 4 Juvenile Justice: Statement of Principles
Understanding the Approved   Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program
March 13, 2014 Agenda
Covered Til 26: FAQs for Youth
Medi-Cal Eligibility Division Information Letter
Former Foster Care Children’s Program Desk Aid
Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth: County Specific Information
Covered Til 26: Stakeholder factsheet
Covered Til 26: Youth factsheet
Medi-Cal Coverage for Former Foster Children (webinar slides)
Child-Centered Health Homes Policy Brief Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments Factsheet
Transitioning to the Common Core Deeper Understanding of Common Core Standards
California Children and the State Budget