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Children's Advocates Roundtable


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 full Children's Advocates Roundtable meets quarterly. The date of the next full Roundtable is Dec. 15, 2016.

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: Dec. 15, 2016

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. Lunch will be provided.


Regus Tower, 980 9th Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 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
Sept. 23, 2016
June 30, 2016
January 21, 2016
November 5, 2015
August 20, 2015


Powerpoint: Dual Status Youth and their Families:
Altering the Human and Fiscal Toll Through Improved Youth & System Outcomes

Jessica Heldman, Associate Executive Director
Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice

Powerpoint: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Program
National Center for Youth Law

May 21, 2015
April 16, 2015 (Child Welfare Subcommittee)
LCFF and Its Impact on Foster Youth (National Center for Youth Law)
Special Education Presentation (Alliance for Children's Rights)
March 19, 2015 (Child Welfare Subcommittee)
Jan. 22, 2015

Archived Meeting Materials

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University of San Diego School of Law
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