Children's Advocates Roundtable

The next Roundtable is on December 10, 2020, from 12:00-2:00 pm and will be conducted via Zoom. You must register in advance for the Roundtable.

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Background / General InformationRT image

The Children's Advocates Roundtable, established in 1990, is an affiliation of statewide and local 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 quarterly by the Children's Advocacy Institute, and is committed to providing a setting where advocates gather to share resources and information 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, get 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 December 10, 2020, from 12:00-2:00 pm and will be conducted via Zoom. 

At the December 10 meeting, we will welcome a panel of experts to discuss the evolution of the juvenile justice system in California and the outlook given recent changes. We will also discuss the recent election and the outlook for children's issues in light of the outcome. The full agenda is coming soon. 

PLEASE NOTE: The December 10 Roundtable will be conducted via Zoom. You must register in advance for this meeting. Click here to register.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Click the button below to download the agenda.


Each Roundtable consists of:

  • A detailed discussion of an emerging area of significance for children's advocates. 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 suggesting topics for discussion at a future Roundtable, please contact 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.

CAI provides a call-in option for Roundtable members unable to attend in person (see agenda for info).

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.


Dec. 10, 2020


Handout: 2020 Election Impact: Immigration Outlook, by Gabrielle Lessard of the National Immigration Law Center

Sept. 24, 2020


April 2, 2020


Feb. 27, 2020


California's Housing Programs for Transition-Age Current & Former Foster Youth: How Youth Fared in 2018-19 & Related Proposed Policies (John Burton Advocates for Youth)

2018-19 THP-NMD & THP-Plus Annual Report (John Burton Advocates for Youth)

Nov. 7, 2019


Aug. 29, 2019


Administrative Data and Predictive Risk Modeling in Public Child Welfare: Ethical Issues Relating to California, by Brett Drake, Ph.D. and Melissa Jonson-Reid, Ph.D., Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

California Department of Social Services' Response to the Ethnical Review of Predictive Risk Modeling in the California Child Welfare System

Preventing Infant Maltreatment with Predictive Analytics: Applying Ethical Principles to Evidence-Based Child Welfare Policy by Paul Lanier, Maria Rodriguez, Sarah Verbiest,
Katherine Bryant, Ting Guan, Adam Zolotor, Journal of Family Violence

Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger? by Dan Hurley, New York Times Magazine

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

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

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

Feb. 7, 2019

Meeting Notes


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

The New Vision for Juvenile Justice: The Big Picture (Anna Johnson, National Center for Youth Law)
2019 Budget Asks (National Center for Youth Law)

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)

First 5 Policy Agenda

First 5 Comprehensive Health and Development

First 5 Developmental Journey (includes social-emotional milestones)

HMG CA Fact Sheet

First 5 MHSA Presentation

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

Mar. 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