Can emergency caregivers who receive funding under AB 110 receive a specialized care increment?
Background: California families who have accepted placement of a child in foster care prior to being approved and have completed the resource family approval (RFA) application will receive temporary funding at the basic level rate of $923 per month for the period of March 30, 2018 – June 30, 2018. This funding is available in response to the plight of thousands of caregivers who have struggled over the last year to complete RFA while simultaneously caring for a child placed with them on an emergency basis without the support of foster care funds. Legislators and advocates continue to work to implement continued funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
A: No. AB 110 funding is limited to the basic foster care rate (currently $923 a month). Once a caregiver is fully approved as a resource family, then the caregiver can begin to receive supplemental payments and/or a specialized care increment if those supplemental payments are available in that county.
NOTE: Passage of AB 1811 extends the funding initiated under AB 110, so families benefitting from AB 110 will continue to receive funding prior to RFA approval. AB 1811 also provides funding for families who accept placement after July 1, 2018 and are not yet approved as resource families. You can find more information on both types of funding here.