What about foster care?

California’s foster care system has undergone big changes in recent years to try to improve outcomes for kids in the state’s care.

The most transformative — and most challenging — has been a 2015 reform effort to reduce the number of group homes  to ensure that all kids go to home-based family care. The reforms are also intended to lessen the time kids spend in foster care and hasten either family reunification or adoption.

Moving children from group homes into family care homes has required more foster parents, now known as “resource families.”But the state is still short, based on the need, often leaving social workers scrambling.

Last year, Gov. Gavin Newsom also signed new child welfare bills that included supporting diversion programs to help parents keep children at home, reconfiguring financial aid for foster youth attending college and trying to place Native American children in Native homes.