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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 next full Roundtable is Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 12:30 - 3:00 pm, at the Office of the Attorney General, 1300 I Street, Sacramento, 7th Floor conference room. For this Roundtable, RSVPs are required for all attendees!

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 quarterly meeting, 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 CAI's Melanie Delgado at (619) 260-4806.


Date: May 19, 2016

Time: 12:30 - 3:00 pm

For this Roundtable, RSVPs are required for all attendees!


12:30pm – 1:00pm

Roundtable members will have an opportunity to talk to members of the California Attorney General’s newly created Bureau of Children’s Justice (BCJ) about issues of concern and importance in California. This will be informal, there are no set topics. Discussion will center on the issues members raise. NOTE: Participants who would like to review the BCJ’s investigations process and authority prior to the meeting can find that information by viewing the BCJ website and BCJ's FAQs.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Molly Dunn, Senior Policy Attorney, Alliance for Children’s Rights
Tim Morrison, Senior Policy Associate, Children Now

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Steve Barrow, President & CEO, Advocates for Health, Economics and Development (AHEAD), and Co-Chair CA Unintentional Injury Prevention Strategic Plan Project

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Jen Flory, Senior Attorney, Western Center on Law and Poverty

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Kelly Hardy, Senior Managing Director, Health Policy, Children Now

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.


Office of the Attorney General, 1300 I Street, Sacramento, 7th Floor conference room

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
May 19, 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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