Financial Support for Families

Financial Support for Families California adopted a new rate system to provide financial support to caregivers. It is called the Home Based Family Care (HBFC) rate and phase 1 of the new rate system took effect January 1, 2017. This is the first time in California’s history that relatives caring for a foster child are Read more >>

Resource Family Approval Toolkit

The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Step Up Coalition, and a wide range of state and local partners is pleased to share our Resource Family Approval Toolkit. We have designed this toolkit to help walk caregivers through the newly implemented Resource Family Approval process. RFA, which took effect January 1, 2017, creates one uniform approval Read more >>

Resources Resource Family Approval Toolkit This toolkit is intended to provide caregivers access to easy-to-understand information, sample forms, and other resources to guide them through the approval process. The toolkit includes a narrative explaining RFA step by step, as well as an appendix full of supplemental tools and other materials referenced in the narrative. It Read more >>

Join the Coalition If you would like to see California Step Up for relatives raising children in foster care, join the Step Up coalition by sharing your email address below. We’ll send you updates on legislation, public events and opportunities to create a voice for relative foster parents. You will not receive more than two Read more >>

Partners

About Step Up

About Step Up The Step Up Coalition works to ensure that California’s child welfare system is child-centered and responsive to the needs and circumstances of the families stepping up to care for children in foster care. Together, we work to elevate kin voice, advocate for state and local policies to improve supports and services for Read more >>

Get Involved If you would like to see California Step Up for relatives raising children in foster care, join the Step Up coalition by sharing your email address below. We’ll send you updates on legislation, public events and opportunities to create a voice for relative foster parents. You will not receive more than two updates Read more >>

Current Legislative & Policy Priorities Children come into foster care in a moment of crisis. The goal of the child welfare system is to connect them immediately to a loving and stable family placement. To make that connection, families who are hoping to accept a child into their home must have immediate and ongoing access Read more >>