Does a caregiver who has been granted guardianship of a child have to convert and be approved as a Resource Family?
Legal guardians DO need to go through a conversion process under the new Resource Family Approval process under certain circumstances. The conversion process entails a shortened process, where an existing caregiver must complete the psychosocial assessment, but they do not have to complete other components of RFA such as the pre-approval training hours. Conversion must happen by December 31, 2019.
A legal guardian must convert:
- if the foster care case remains open after the guardianship is established, and the case is not closed by December 31, 2019; OR
- the child has an open dependency case and the guardian wishes to accept placement of other children in their home; OR
- prior to adopting the child over whom guardianship was approved, unless there was already a completed adoption home study.
A legal guardian does not need to convert if:
- the guardianship is finalized and the dependency (foster care case) has already been closed, as long as there are no other children in foster care in the same home; OR
- the guardianship is finalized and the dependency (foster care) case is current open, as long as the dependency care case is closed before December 31, 2019; OR
- the guardian already completed an adoption home study.