Can emergency caregivers who receive funding under AB 110 receive a specialized care increment?

Background: Assembly Bill (AB) 110 and AB 1811 provide emergency caregiver funding to California families who accept placement of a child in foster care on an emergency basis or based on a compelling reason prior to completing resource family approval (RFA). AB 110 went into effect on March 30, 2018 and was set to expire on June 30, 2018. AB 1811 extends the funding initiated under AB 110, so that families benefitting from AB 110 will continue to receive emergency caregiver funding. AB 1811 also provides funding for families who accept placement on or after July 1, 2018 and are not yet approved as resource families.

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. More information about emergency caregiver funding may be found here.

Welfare and Institutions Code §11461.36; All County Letter (ACL) 18-75.

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