Resources for Lawmakers and Advocates

Child Welfare Financing Reform:The Limits of Flexibility and the Need for New Resources

This paper explores the significant flaws in the way the federal government currently funds our nation’s child welfare system and proposes reforms to strengthen and expand federal funding without undermining the existing entitlement. Read more

Are There Too Many Children in Foster Care? Policy Brief

This brief explores the drive the further reduce foster care caseloads and questions whether the priority should be caseload reduction or increasing supports and services to children regardless of whether a foster care entry is necessary. Read more

Developing a Robust Continuum to Support Foster Youth in Family-Based Settings Policy Brief

This brief details recent comprehensive reform efforts underway in California to reduce reliance on group care and bolster supports, services and funding to enable children to be raised in family settings. Read more

County Memo-Reasons to Opt-in to ARC

The Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program (ARC) provides county agencies with state funds for foster children living with relatives. However, counties must opt in by October 1, 2014 in order to receive the funds. County officials should read this memo outlining reasons to opt-in. Read more

Overview of Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program

On June 20, 2014, Governor Brown signed the budget and created the Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program in order to provide new state funds for foster children living with relatives. These funds will provide state foster care benefits to relatives currently only receiving CalWORKs for the foster children in their care because the children are not eligible for federal foster care benefits. Read more

Relative Foster Care Fact Sheet

Step Up is an initiative to urge California’s policy-makers to provide adequate and equitable support to relative foster parents who step up to take care of children who have been placed in state custody due to abuse, neglect and abandonment. Read More

Foster Care Benefits: Relative vs. Non-Relative

Get a clear breakdown of the benefits California offers to children placed with relatives versus the benefits provided to children placed with non-relatives. This easy-to-read chart simplifies financial dichotomy of relative care. Read More

Understanding Eligibility for Federal Foster Care Benefits

Foster children receive federal foster care benefits if they meet the eligibility criter for the Aid to Familieis with Dependent Children program as it existed in 1996. This resources breaks down the antiquated federal eligibility rules. Read More

Child-Centered Continuum of Care Concept Paper 

The Continuum of Care Reform underway in California is an exciting opportunity to make necessary system reforms to ensure that our state’s foster children are fully supported in family settings. Relative caregivers are a critical part of California’s continuum of care that serves our state’s foster children. Read More

Focus Brief: California Foster Children Placed Into Poverty

When a child is removed from his or her home by the state and placed
into foster care, the state steps into the role of the child’s parent and is
obligated to protect and provide for that child and ensure the child’s
individualized needs are met. Despite this obligation, when the state
finds a relative to care for a child in foster care, that child is often
provided just a fraction of the support. Read More

AB 1882 Fact Sheet

In March 2014, legislation was introduced to improve access to benefits and supplemental supports for foster children placed with relatives. Read More

Resources for Relative Foster Parents

Frequently asked questions, campaign talking points and more. Read More

ARC Application

CDSS ARC Brochure

County Opt-Out Letter

County Opt-In Letter

DSS Questions and Answers