Benefits

We help caregivers access support and services for the children in their care.

What do we do:

We represent relative and non-relative caregivers in foster care, guardianship and adoption benefits matters to ensure that caregivers are receiving the correct support appropriate to the needs of the child in their care. A major focus of this program is helping our families receive special benefits for disabled children who require highly specialized and intensive care.

How do we do it:

When it seems that a caregiver is not receiving the correct benefits and services, our attorneys negotiate with DCFS to resolve the problem. If we cannot achieve a just resolution through negotiation, we take the claim to a hearing before a judge. Without an advocate, this process is time-consuming and often confusing for caregivers; we provide free legal services and advocacy to support caregivers in providing for the needs of the children in their care.

Can we help you?

If you are a caring for a child in foster care and believe you are receiving the wrong foster care rate, benefits and supports, call our office. We want to help!

If you are a caregiver of a youth who will soon turn 18 who has a medical, physical or mental disability, you may need to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to ensure that your child continues to receive funding and support after turning 18. If the SSI application is denied, our team can assess your opportunities to appeal the denial.

Fair hearing:

A fair hearing is available to anyone who is not satisfied with an action or inaction taken by the county regarding benefits. The request for a hearing must be filed WITHIN 90 DAYS after the date of the action or inaction. A request for hearing may be made in writing or orally. In Los Angeles, written requests are to be sent to:

CDSS
PO Box 18890
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Oral requests are made with California Department of Social Services (CDSS) in Sacramento by calling the toll free number: 1-800-952-5253.

For more information about caregiver rights, see the CDSS website.