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.