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.
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:
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.