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A Legal Guide To Foster Care in California

November 9, 2021

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A Legal Guide To Foster Care in California

A state provides foster care (also known as out-of-home care) as a temporary service for children whose families cannot care for them. In foster care, children usually live with unrelated foster families or relatives.

Besides homes and home-like placement settings, including shelters, group homes, residential care facilities, and supervised independent living, foster care also refers to placement settings such as group homes.

What Is Foster Care?

The Foster Care system provides temporary housing for children whose parents are unable to care for them and whose needs have been identified by child welfare agencies. A child in foster care may live with a relative, foster family, or in a group facility. A majority of children who are placed in foster care eventually return to their parents.

How Does The Foster Care Process Work in California?

The operation of a foster home requires a license. You and other members of your family must meet with the licensing worker at your home. In addition, specific personal, safety, and space requirements must be met. Children’s age, health issues, and gender are considered by social service staff when determining the type of child that is most appropriate for a foster home.

Each foster parent receives a monthly payment to support the children in their care and provide the children with basic necessities. In addition, Medi-Cal provides coverage for medical and dental services. If the foster parents are working, they need to make suitable arrangements for child care.

How Do I Become A Foster Parent in Orange County?

A Resource Family Approval (RFA) program is designed to provide a child-centered, family-friendly approval process. If caregivers have been approved as resource families, they will not have to undergo any additional approvals or licensing if they choose to adopt or become the guardians of a child in foster care.

The minimum age of 18 is one of the basic requirements and qualifications. In addition to attending an orientation, submitting an application packet, and undergoing pre-approval training, applicants will have to become certified in CPR and first aid. In addition to a comprehensive psychosocial assessment, the RFA process will include a home safety inspection. The applicant(s) will then be approved as a resource family if they meet all the requirements.

When a child is placed in your care, you have the right to receive information about the child. A social worker will provide you with this information. In addition, the county placement agency will be able to provide you with the child’s Health Passport in cases where the child has already been known to them. The Health Passport provides a good sense of a child’s health history, behavioral issues, and emotional needs.

How Long Do Foster Parents Keep a Child?

Each foster child has different needs, so it is not very easy to determine how long you can keep them. Each child who possibly enters your home comes with a case file that differs significantly. As part of the foster care system, a child is cared for until they are placed in a permanent family environment. In other words, either their birth parents are reunited with them, adopted into a family, or placed with a close relative. Foster care is, by definition, a temporary situation.

Nonetheless, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, and Children’s Bureau, a child may stay anywhere between one month and nine years in foster care.

Sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, a foster family and a foster child are not suitable matches. You will need to give the social worker a seven (7) day notice before requesting the child’s removal unless there are exceptional circumstances that would call for immediate removal. Your active participation in the Transition plan is crucial.

How Much Do Foster Parents Get Paid in California?

To help foster parents with the expenses of looking after the child, the State of California pays them an average of $1000 to $2,609 per month. Accordingly, it is one of the highest-paying states in the country. It is calculated for each child entering your home.

Children with additional needs have the highest rates since they require more attention, time, and care than non-special needs children. You should be aware that you cannot simply pocket the payments and take the child to the hospital or another professional who assists with the child’s care. It is imperative that you are patient with children, lavish them with attention, listen to them and learn their needs, and find ways to care for them that do not exacerbate their situation further.

Children who have been neglected, physically abused, and emotionally abused may have complex emotional issues due to what they have experienced. They may also suffer from a condition – depression, anxiety, autism, or physical incapacity – that prevents them from generally responding to specific situations or behaving appropriately for their age.

Resources For Orange County & Los Angeles Foster Care

Orange County has over 3,000 children who have been physically and emotionally abused and neglected. Orange County families are needed to provide a stable, caring home to these children. To live the rest of their lives with their adoptive parents, some need a lifelong commitment. Some children require foster parents until they can be cared for by their own families.

Those interested in becoming foster parents in Orange County can call 1-888-871-KIDS for more information. Another valuable resource for foster parents is The California Department of Social Services, for foster care laws and regulations.

An Orange County dependency attorney can also help those navigate the legalities of fostering or eventually adopting children.

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