Benefits

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

What do we do:

We represent caregivers in foster care, guardianship and adoption benefits matters to ensure that they 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 help caregivers receive critical supports in a timely way.

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, contact us to begin the intake process.

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.