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East County News Service

November 21, 2019 (El Cajon) – The People’s Alliance for Justice and its president, national civil rights activist Rev. Shane Harris, will host a town hall forum on foster care disparity Wednesda,Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. (check in at 5 p.m.) at the Choice Harvest CHurch, 760 Palm Ave. in El Cajon.

Free turkeys will be provided to attendees. Call 619-354-8051 to RSVP for the turkey giveway.

You’re invited to the free event to learn about injustices in the foster care system, hear from foster youths and professional to discuss changes they believe are needed

This event will be moderated by East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery.  Call (619)354-8051 to RSVP and register for a free turkey, or email paj@peoplesallianceforjustice.net.

The event is part of a series of town halls held in each San Diego County Supervisor’s district.

Among the issues to be addressed, according to the PAJ, are  “San Diego's drought of African American foster parents, the child and family strengthening advisory board, our push to make all Child Welfare Services (CWS) staff have to go through cultural competency trainings during all on boarding processes, the intersection of the migrant crisis and foster care and our efforts of proposing `open courts’ in dependency cases in California in the coming year.” 

The town halls will also address concerns over what Harris callsCounty of San Diego's “lack of oversight of fiscal agents who oversee foster care service providers ensuring that fiscal agents who get County money for service providing programs are client based and not just program based.” Shane cites the “cultural brokers issue” as an example.

 Rev. Harris, a former foster youth, believes it is important for Supervisors to hear from foster youths, former foster youths and concerned constitutents on their concerns with the foster care system. “This will be the issue of the day and something the County will have to address because former foster youth are beginning to politically organize.” He concludes.



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