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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
Chapters
Updates
Policy Interpretations
pdf Table of Contents  
pdf Index
Foster Care Handbook Updates
pdf Update 14-13 - Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)
pdf Update 14-12 - Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
pdf Update 14-11 - Deemed Eligible Medi-Cal for Infants Born to Youth in all Foster Care (FC) Related Programs
pdf Update 14-10 - Continuous Eligibility For Children (CEC) for Foster Care (FC), Kin-Gap (KG), and Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)
pdf Update 14-09 - Escalation Process for Foster Care Eligibility
pdf Update 14-08 - Erratum to Foster Care Update 2014-04
pdf Update 14-07 - Rights, Responsibility and Other Important Information For Kin-GAP Program (KG 2A)
pdf Update 14-06 - Adoption Assistance Program
pdf Update 14-05 - Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
pdf Update 14-04 - Extending Benefits to Non-Minor Dependents- Question and Answers
pdf Update 14-03 - Clerical Procedures to Identify FFCC Applicants
pdf Update 14-02 - Medi-Cal Eligibility for Former Foster Care Children (FFCC)
pdf Update 14-01 - Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
pdf Update 13-08 - Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
pdf Update 13-07 - Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
pdf Update 13-06 - Extension of Former Foster Care Children’s (FFCC) Program
pdf Update 13-05 - Addendum, Clarification, Erratum, To Update 2012-02
pdf Update 13-04 - Medi-Cal Eligibility for Foster Care Runaways With Social Worker Contact
pdf Update 13-03 - THPP Transitioning to THP+FC
pdf Update 13-02 - Education Travel Reimbursement for Foster Care Youths Only
pdf Update 13-01 - Addendum, Clarification, Erratum, To Update 2011-04
pdf Update 12-11 - Assistance Expenditures Claiming Limits for Foster Care (FC), KinGAP and Adoptions Assistance Program (AAP)
pdf Update 12-10 - THP-PLUS-FC and Changes to THPP and THP-PLUS
pdf Update 12-09 - Extended Benefits for Non-Minor Living With Current or Former Non-Related Legal Guardians (NRLG)
pdf Update 12-08 - Extension of Foster Care beyond Age 18 for Juvenile Probation Department (JPD) Youths
pdf Update 12-07 - Re-Entry Into Extended Foster Care (EFC)
pdf Update 12-06 - Addendum, Clarification, Erratum, To Update 2012-3
pdf Update 12-05 - Wraparound Services Rate Change (Revised 3/27/2013)
pdf Update 12-04 - Extension of and Adoption Assistance Program and Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) To Age 21
pdf Update 12-03 - Subject Six New Aid Codes to Identify Assembly Bill (AB) 12 Non-Minor Dependents in Foster Care, KinGAP, CalWORKs and Adoptions Assistance Programs (Revised 8/31/2012)
pdf Update 12-02 - Education Travel Reimbursement for Foster Care Youths Only
pdf Update 12-01 - Addendum, Clarification, Erratum, To Update 2011-10
pdf Update 11-10 - Extended Foster Care (EFC) Under AB 12
pdf Update 11-09 - Foster Care Questions and Answers
pdf Update 11-08 - Federal Redetermination Changes
pdf Update 11-07 - Wraparound Services Program for Children
pdf Update 11-06 - Medi-Cal Eligibility for Foster Care Runaways
pdf Update 11-05 - Changes to the Application Process for Children at the RAIC
pdf Update 11-04 - KinGAP Program Requirements
pdf Update 11-03 - Court Documents
pdf Update 11-02 - Addendum/Clarification/Erratum to Foster Care Update #2003-04 (Regarding CEC)
pdf Update 11-01 - Payment Expenses and Additional Payment Clarifications
pdf Update 10-07 Former Foster Care Child with Infant
pdf Update 10-06 Dual Agency Rates Questions and Answers
pdf Update 10-05 Voluntarily Placed Children with PRUCOL Status Clarification
pdf Update 10-04 Safely Surrender Baby Hotline
pdf Update 10-03 Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Changes
pdf Update 10-02: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Clarifications
pdf Update 10-01: Foster Care Voluntary Repayment
pdf Update 09-10: Dual Agency Children and Clothing Allowance
pdf Update 09-09: Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) and Transitional Housing Placement Program Plus (THP-Plus) Questions and Answers
pdf Update 09-08: Specialized Adolescent Care Home Certification
pdf Update 09-07: Questions and Answers on California Wraparound Services (SB 163)
pdf Update 09-06: Food Stamp Application Process for Youth Who are "Aging Out" of Foster Care
pdf Update 09-05: Change of Address and Managed Care Disenrollment for Children in Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program
pdf Update 09-04: Out-of-State Placements
pdf Update 09-03: SSI Screening of All Foster Care Children Prior to Emancipation
pdf Update 09-02: Questions and Answers
pdf Update 09-01: Medi-Cal Aid Codes for Out of State Placements in California
pdf Update 08-12: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Voluntary Placements
pdf Update 08-11: Minor Dependent Parents in Foster Care
pdf Update 08-10: Miscellaneous Revisions to Chapter 33 Application for SSI/SSP
pdf Update 08-09: Miscellaneous Changes to Changes to Chapter 28 Underpayments/Overpayments
pdf Update 08-08: KinGAP Program Enhancements
pdf Update 08-07: Overpayment Clarifications
pdf Update 08-06: Juvenile Probation Department (JPD)
pdf Update 08-05: Title IV-E Foster Care Findings
pdf Update 08-04: Dual Agency Rates
pdf Update 08-03: Good Cause Claim
pdf Update 08-02: Micellaneous Handbook Revisions
pdf Update 08-01: School Enrollment Verification
pdf Update 07-11: $100 State Supplemental Clothing Allowance
pdf Update 07-10: Miscellaneous Revision to Chapter 27
pdf Update 07-09: Miscellaneous Revisions to Chapters 31 and 32
pdf Update 07-08: Miscellaneous Revisions to Chapters 15, 22 and 25
pdf Update 07-07: School Enrollment Verification, 17-18 Year Olds
pdf Update 07-06: New Foster Care Issuance
pdf Update 07-05: Miscellaneous Revisions to Chapters 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 30
pdf Update 07-04: Miscellaneous Revisions to Chapters 4 ,5, 7, 12, 13 and 26
pdf Update 07-03: Revisions of Chapter 6, Special Programs and Chapter 29, Medi-Cal
pdf Update 07-02: Miscellaneous Revisions Chapters 1-4, 8 and 9
pdf Update 07-01: School Enrollment Verification
pdf Update 06-07: Miller v. Youakim Referral Procedures and Other Updates to Relative Placements
pdf Update 06-06: Addendum, Clarification Erratum to Update 2006-2
pdf Update 06-05: School Enrollment Verification, 17-18 Year Olds
pdf Update 06-04: $100 State Supplemental Clothing Allowance
pdf Update 06-03: Annual Back-to-School Clothing Allowance
pdf Update 06-02: Final Court Order Regarding Rosales v. Thompson
pdf Update 06-01: School Enrollment Verification, 17-18 Year Olds
pdf Update 05-04: $100 Clothing Allowance Supplement
pdf Update 05-03: Annual Back-to-School Clothing Allowance
pdf Update 05-02: Annual Redeterminations for Foster Care
pdf Update 05-01: School Enrollment Verification, 17 - 18 Year Olds
pdf Update 04-10: School Enrollment Verification, 17 - 18 Year Olds
pdf Update 04-09: Compromise of Child Support Arrearage
pdf Update 04-08: Annual Back-to-School Clothing Allowance
pdf Update 04-07: Continuous Eligibility For Children (CEC) Losing Adoption Assistance Medi-Cal Eligibilty
pdf Update 04-06: Revision of Form “Procedures For Using Medi-Cal With California Children Who Have Been Placed Out-of-State” (Form 3609)
pdf Update 04-05: Procedures for Using Medi-Cal With California Children Who Are Placed Out-of-State
pdf Update 04-04: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Federal Payments and SSI Income
pdf Update 04-03: School Enrollment Verification, 17 - 18 Year Olds
pdf Update 04-02: Step-Parents and Its Relationship to State AFDC-FC
pdf Update 04-01: January 2004 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
pdf Update 03-21: Title IV-E Foster Care & Adoption Assistance Children Residing Outside of California
pdf Update 03-20: Addendum, Clarification, Errata To Foster Care Update # 2003-18
pdf Update 03-19: Foster Care Placements in Non-Traditional Settings
pdf Update 03-18: Changes/Clarifications to Foster Care (FC) Eligibility Procedures as a Result of the "Adoptions and Safe Families Act" (ASFA) Regulations
pdf Update 03-17: Phase-Out of Foster Parent County Supplement Payments
pdf Update 03-16: Annual Back-to-School Clothing Allowance
pdf Update 03-15: School Enrollment Verification, 17 - 18 Year Olds
pdf Update 03-14: Reserved for Future Use
pdf Update 03-13: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Regulation Changes
pdf Update 03-12: Relative/Nonrelative Extended Family Member (NREFM) Approval Process
pdf Update 03-11: Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) New Name, Address and Telephone Number Information
pdf Update 03-10: Revised Foster Care Aid Types Exempt From Child Support Enforcement
pdf Update 03-09: Revised Process for Completion of the "Social Security Administration Application for a Social Security Card" (SS-5)
pdf Update 03-08: Child Citizenship Act of 2000 and Foster Care/Adoption Assistance Eligibility
pdf Update 03-07: Clarification to Procedures For Child(ren) Placed With A Relative Out-of-State
pdf Update 03-06: Changes to PRUCOL and Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Procedures
pdf Update 03-05: Expedited Medi-Cal for Children Under The Safely Surrendered Baby Law and Children Entering the Foster Care Program
pdf Update 03-04: Addendum/Clarification/Erratum to Foster Care Update #2003-02
pdf Update 03-03: Relative Caretaker Providers Discontinued From Foster Care
pdf Update 03-02: Continuous Eligibility For Children (CEC) Losing Foster Care/Medi-Cal Eligibility
pdf Update 03-01: School Enrollment Verification, 17 - 18 Year Olds
pdf Update 02-21: January 2003 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
pdf Update 02-20: New Aid Type for "Severely Emotionally Disturbed" (SED) Children Receiving Wraparound Services
pdf Update 02-19: Increase In Property Limit for Foster Care Children
pdf Update 02-18: Clarification to Degree of Relatedness for AFDC-FC
pdf Update 02-17: ONE-TIME ONLY $100 Clothing Allowance Supplement for Fiscal Year
pdf Update 02-16: Relationship Coding for Foster Care, Kin-GAP, and Adoption Assistance Cases
pdf Update 02-15: Revision of Foster Care Recertification Notices
pdf Update 02-14: School Enrollment Verification, 17- 18 Year Olds
pdf Update 02-13: Annual Back-to-School Clothing Allowance
pdf Update 02-12: Addendum, Clarification, Errata To Foster Care Update # 2002-11
pdf Update 02-11: Foster Care Aid Types Exempt From Child Support Enforcement
pdf Update 02-10: Request for Current Address Information, "Extended Medi-Cal Eligibility for Former Foster Care Children (FFCC) 18 Through 20 Years of Age"
pdf Update 02-09: Former Relative, Time On Aid, and Updated Language
pdf Update 02-08: Other Health Coverage (OHC) Override Code for Foster Care Children
pdf Update 02-07: Social Security Information Request and Referral Form
pdf Update 02-06: Completion of the "SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Application for a Social Security Card" (SS-5)
pdf Update 02-05: Informing Former Foster Care Children (FFCC) 18 Through 20 Years of Age of Extended Medi-Cal Eligibility
pdf Update 02-04: SB 87- Medi-Cal Eligibility Determination Process for Cases Discontinued from Foster Care
pdf Update 02-03: Kin-GAP Clarifications
pdf Update 02-02: January 2002 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
pdf Update 02-01: School Enrollment Verification, 17 - 18 Year Olds
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.