I had a child placed with me on an emergency basis. My RFA application is pending, and I am receiving non-needy CalWORKS. Am I eligible for the interim funding for emergency caregivers enacted in March under AB 110?
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: Yes, a caregiver can receive CalWORKs on behalf of the child in their care during the first month the caregiver is eligible for AB 110 funding, which is equal to the basic level foster care rate of $923. During that first month, the family will receive AB 110 funding without any offset due to the receipt of CalWORKs benefits. In other words, if the caregiver is currently receiving a CalWORKs payment, the caregiver will receive AB 110 interim funding without any reduction due to the receipt of CalWORKs and they will not be required to pay back any of the CalWORKs received in that first month. After the first month, the caregiver will receive only the AB 110 funding.
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.