Important Note:
Please Read Disclaimer at the Bottom of the Screen. If You have any questions, please call 1-877-96-BENEFITS (1-877-962-3633).
SSA Program Policy Handbooks:
Handbook CalWORKs
Handbook CAPI
Handbook CalWORKs Employment Services
Handbook Common-Place
Handbook CalFresh
Handbook Foster Care
Handbook General Assistance
Handbook Medi-Cal
Foster Care Handbook Sections
Policy Interpretations
pdf Table of Contents  
pdf Index
Foster Care Handbook Chapters
1.pdf Definitions
2.pdf Foster Care Overview
3.pdf Authority for Placement
4.pdf Federal Eligibility Requirements
5.pdf Age Requirements
6.pdf Residence/Citizenship/Alienage/PRUCOL
7.pdf Income
8.pdf Property
9.pdf Payment Authorization and Control (PAC)
10.pdf Application Process
11.pdf Child/Medical Support Referrals
12.pdf Appeals for Foster Care, Kin-GAP and Adoptions
13.pdf Relative Placements
14.pdf Legal Guardian Placements
15.pdf Non-Relative Placements
16.pdf Out-of-State Placements
17.pdf Placements - Additional Rules
18.pdf Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
19.pdf Foster Care Redeterminations
20.pdf Special Needs and Specialized Rates
21.pdf Emergency Assistance
22.pdf Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program (ITFCP)
23.pdf Refugee Assistance
24.pdf Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Program
25.pdf Wraparound
26.pdf Payments Overview
27.pdf State Administered Rates
28. Reserved for Future Use
29.pdf Intercounty Transfers
30.pdf Underpayment/Overpayment
31.pdf Forms
32.pdf Fiscal Procedures
33.pdf California Ombudsman for Foster Care
34.pdf Medi-Cal
35.pdf Application for SSI/SSP
36.pdf Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Program
37.pdf Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)
38.pdf Juvenile Probation Department (JPD)
39.pdf Extended Foster Care (EFC) Benefits
Disclaimer: All County Letters (ACLs) issued from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and All County Welfare Director Letters (ACWDLs) issued from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) provide State policy and direction to counties for categorical aid programs. The County of Santa Clara disseminates the information regarding the Federal, State and County policies via Program Handbooks. A handbook has been developed locally for each categorical aid that's administered by Social Services Agency - Department of Employment and BenefitsServices (DEBS); containing specific guidelines and procedures based on the ACLs and ACWDLs for that particular program. These policies and procedures are updated periodically to reflect State and County policy changes in conjunction with internal memorandums.