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Program Policy: Foster Care

Published on: 4/11/2017 5:05 PM

This page contains all of the policy documents related to the Foster Care program. To open a document, click the underlined text in the "Name" column. Clicking the buttons below will scroll the page down to the Update and Policy Interpretation sections.

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​Handbook Chapters

fc.bkIXFoster Care Handbook Index
fc.bkTOCFoster Care Handbook Table of Contents
fcchap01Chapter 1: Definitions
fcchap02Chapter 2: Foster Care Overview
fcchap03Chapter 3: Authority for Placement
fcchap04Chapter 4: Federal Eligibility Requirements
fcchap05Chapter 5: Age Requirements
fcchap06Chapter 6: Residence/Refugee/Alien-age/PRUCOL
fcchap07Chapter 7: Income
fcchap08Chapter 8: Property
fcchap09Chapter 9: Payment Authorization and Control (PAC)
fcchap10Chapter 10: Application Process
fcchap11Chapter 11: Child/Medical Support Referrals
fcchap12Chapter 12: Appeals for Foster Care, Kin-GAP, and Adoptions
fcchap13Chapter 13: Relative Placements
fcchap14Chapter 14: Legal Guardian Placements
fcchap15Chapter 15: Non-Relative Placements
fcchap16Chapter 16: Out-of-State Placements
fcchap17Chapter 17: Placements- Additional Rules
fcchap18Chapter 18: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
fcchap19Chapter 19: Foster Care Redeterminations
fcchap20Chapter 20: Special Needs
fcchap21Chapter 21: Emergency Assistance
fcchap22Chapter 22: Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program (ITFCP)
fcchap23Chapter 23: Reserved for Future Use
fcchap24Chapter 24: Reserved for Future Use
fcchap25Chapter 25: Wraparound Program
fcchap26Chapter 26: Reserved for Future Use
fcchap27Chapter 27: Aid Payments and State Administered Rates
fcchap28Chapter 28: Reserved for Future Use
fcchap29Chapter 29: Inter County Transfers
fcchap30Chapter 30: Underpayments/Overpayments
fcchap31Chapter 31: Forms
fcchap32Chapter 32: Fiscal Procedures
fcchap33Chapter 33: California Ombudsman for Foster Care
fcchap34Chapter 34: Medi-Cal
fcchap35Chapter 35: Application for SSI/SSP
fcchap36Chapter 36: Kinship Guardian Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Program
fcchap37Chapter 37: Adoption Assistance Program
fcchap38Chapter 38: Juvenile Probation Department (JPD)
fcchap39Chapter 39: Extended Foster Care (EFC) Benefits
fcchap40Chapter 40: Clerical Processing
fcchap41Chapter 41: Reserved for Future Use
fcchap42Chapter 42: Intake Benefits Processing
fcchap43Chapter 43: Intake and/or Continuing Benefits
fcchap44Chapter 44: Continuing Benefits Processing


Handbook Updates

fc18-05.updUpdate 18-05: Baby Gateway Referral
fc18-04.updUpdate 18-04: Application Registration
fc18-03.updUpdate 18-03: Special Needs and Specialized Rates for Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Program
fc18-02.updUpdate 18-02: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc18-01.updUpdate 18-01: Community Care Facility Treatment Rates
fc17-22.updUpdate 17-22: Adoption Assistance Program Applicable Child
fc17-21.updUpdate 17-21: Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) Phase II
fc17-20.updUpdate 17-20: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc17-19.updUpdate 17-19: Foster Family Agency Placements with Relatives and Non-Relative Extended Family Members (NREFMs)
fc17-18.updUpdate 17-18: Ramirez v. Lightbourne: Out of State Non-Related Legal Guardianships (NRLGs) Registered in California
fc17-17.updUpdate 17-17: Supervised Independent Living Program Residing With a Parent
fc17-16.updUpdate 17-16: Medi-Cal (MC) Applications for Receiving Assessment Intake Center (RAIC)
fc17-15.updUpdate 17-15: Ensuring Former Foster Youth (FFY) Receive Medi-Cal Benefits
fc17-14.updUpdate 17-14: Revisions to Foster Care Handbook Chapter 20
fc17-13.updUpdate 17-13: Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Program Functionality in CalWIN
fc17-12.updUpdate 17-12: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc17-11.updUpdate 17-11: Handbook Chapter 39 Revisions
fc17-10.updUpdate 17-10: Establishing the Caretaker Relative's Relationship to Child
fc17-09.updUpdate 17-09: Extended Foster Care (EFC) for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM)
fc17-08.updUpdate 17-08: Conversion of Existing Approved and Licensed Foster Caregivers to Resource Families
fc17-07.updUpdate 17-07: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Foster Care Update 16-19
fc17-06.updUpdate 17-06: Resource Family Approval (RFA)
fc17-05.updUpdate 17-05: Revision to Foster Care Handbook Chapter 34
fc17-04.updUpdate 17-04: Approved Relative caregiver (ARC) Funding Option Program Changes
fc17-03.updUpdate 17-03: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc17-02.updUpdate 17-02: Community Care Facility (CCF) Treatment Rates
fc17-01.updUpdate 17-01: Clerical Processing: Obtaining Social Security Cards and Birth Certificates
fc16-20.updUpdate 16-20: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Notice of Action and Identification of Overpayment
fc16-19.updUpdate 16-19: Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) and New Rate Structure (Revised 03/08/2017)
fc16-18.updUpdate 16-18: Adding Providers to CalWIN - Handbook Revisions
fc16-17.updUpdate 16-17:  Medi-Cal for Runaway Foster Youth
fc16-16.updUpdate 16-16: Termination of Parent Rights/Relinquishment for ARC Children
fc16-15.updUpdate 16-15: Wraparound
fc16-14.updUpdate 16-14: Social Security Administration Benefits
fc16-13.updUpdate 16-13: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Foster Care Update 2016-02
fc16-12.updUpdate 16-12: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc16-11.updUpdate 16-11: Additional Payment for a Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) Parent in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) Questions and Answers
fc16-10.updUpdate 16-10: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) for Children Relinquished to a Private Adoption Agency
fc16-09.updUpdate 16-09: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc16-08.updUpdate 16-08: Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Funding Option Program Notice-Of-Actions (NOA)
fc16-07.updUpdate 16-07: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)
fc16-06.updUpdate 16-06: Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM)
fc16-05.updUpdate 16-05: Clarification on PRUCOL Process
fc16-04.updUpdate 16-04: Emergency Assistance Program
fc16-03.updUpdate 16-03: Former Foster Youth (FFY)
fc16-02.updUpdate 16-02: Extended Foster Care (EFC)
fc16-01.updUpdate 16-01: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc15-20.updUpdate 15-20: Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Funding Option Program
fc15-19.updUpdate 15-19: Additional Payment for Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) Parent in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)
fc15-18.updUpdate 15-18: Foster Care Workflows
fc15-17.updUpdate 15-17: Kinship-Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Successor Guardian
fc15-16.updUpdate 15-16: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc15-15.updUpdate 15-15: Expanded Definition of Non-Relative Extended Family Member
fc15-14.updUpdate 15-14: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc15-13.updUpdate 15-13: Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Funding Option Program
fc15-12.updUpdate 15-12: Handbook Revisions
fc15-11.updUpdate 15-11: Overpayment Forms
fc15-10.updUpdate 15-10: Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP+)
fc15-09.updUpdate 15-09: Completing The FC 8
fc15-08.updUpdate 15-08: Emergency Assistance and Resource Family Approval
fc15-07.updUpdate 15-07: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc15-06.updUpdate 15-06: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Monitoring
fc15-05.upd05.upd Update 15-05: ICAMA Forms
fc15-04.updUpdate 15-04: Enrollment in the Former Foster Care Children (FFCC) Medi-Cal Program
fc15-03.updUpdate 15-03: Newborn Deemed Eligibility For Youth Receiving AAP benefits
fc15-02.updUpdate 15-02: Other Health Coverage for Foster Care, Adoptions and Kin-GAP
fc15-01.updUpdate 15-01: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payment
fc14-26.updUpdate 14-26: Special Needs and Specialized Rates
fc14-25.updUpdate 14-25: Appeals for Foster Care, Kin-GAP and Adoptions
fc14-24.updUpdate 14-24: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
fc14-23.updUpdate 14-23: Addendum, Clarifications, Erratum to Update 2014-10
fc14-22.updUpdate 14-22: SSI Screening of All Foster Care Children Prior to Emancipation
fc14-21.updUpdate 14-21: Redeterminations
fc14-20.updUpdate 14-20: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
fc14-19.updUpdate 14-19: Chapter 3 Handbook Revision, "Authority for Placement"
fc14-18.updUpdate 14-18: Chapter 1 Handbook Revision-Definitions
fc14-17.updUpdate 14-17: Handbook Revision- Foster Care Overview
fc14-16.updUpdate 14-16: Out-of-State Medi-Cal Coverage for ICPC
fc14-15.updUpdate 14-15: Extended Foster Care (EFC) Update and Non-Minor Dependents (NMD) Placed Out of State
fc14-14.updUpdate 14-14: Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (KIN-GAP) Program
fc14-13.updUpdate 14-13: Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)
fc14-12.updUpdate 14-12: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
fc14-10.updUpdate 14-10: Continuous Eligibility For Children (CEC) for Foster Care (FC), Kin-Gap (KG), and Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)
fc14-09.updUpdate 14-09: Escalation Process for Foster Care Eligibility
fc14-08.updUpdate 14-08: Erratum to Foster Care Update 2014-04
fc14-07.updUpdate 14-07: Rights, Responsibility and Other Important Information For Kin-GAP Program (KG 2A)
fc14-06.updUpdate 14-06: Adoption Assistance Program
fc14-05.updUpdate 14-05: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
fc14-04.updUpdate 14-04: Extending Benefits to Non-Minor Dependents- Question and Answers
fc14-03.updUpdate 14-03: Clerical Procedures to Identify FFCC Applicants
fc14-01.updUpdate 14-01: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
fc13-08.updUpdate 13-08: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
fc13-07.updUpdate 13-07: Blanket Approval for Wraparound Payments
fc13-06.updUpdate 13-06: Extension of Former Foster Care Children’s (FFCC) Program
fc13-05.updUpdate 13-05: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum, To Update 2012-02
fc13-03.updUpdate 13-03: THPP Transitioning to THP+FC
fc13-02.updUpdate 13-02: Education Travel Reimbursement for Foster Care Youths Only
fc13-01.updUpdate 13-01: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum, To Update 2011-04
fc12-11.updUpdate 12-11: Assistance Expenditures Claiming Limits for Foster Care (FC), KinGAP and Adoptions Assistance Program (AAP)
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Policy Interpretations

fc16-01.piPolicy Interpretation 16-01: Non-Minor Dependents (NMDs) In Unapproved SILPs
fc15-01.piPolicy Interpretation 15-01: Letter of Guardianship for Kin-GAP
fc14-01.piPolicy Interpretation 14-01: Voluntary Placements
fc13-01.piPolicy Interpretation 13-01: KinGAP Rates for Out-of-State Residency
fc12-01.piPolicy Interpretation 12-01: Petition and Judicial Findings
fc11-03.piPolicy Interpretation 11-03: Use of 777 Petition
fc11-02.piPolicy Interpretation 11-02: SED and Wraparound Overlap
fc11-01.piPolicy Interpretation 11-01: SSI Screening Responsibility
fc10-08.piPolicy Interpretation 10-08: ESH and Change in Legal Authority
fc10-07.piPolicy Interpretation 10-07: Wraparound Termination
fc10-06.piPolicy Interpretation 10-06: SSI Children with Dual Agency Status
fc10-05.piPolicy Interpretation 10-05: Dual Status Cases
fc10-04.piPolicy Interpretation 10-04: Change in Dependency Status
fc10-03.piPolicy Interpretation 10-03: Nondependent Non Related Legal Guardian Becomes Relative
fc10-02.piPolicy Interpretation 10-02: KinGAP Social Security Requirement
fc10-01.piPolicy Interpretation 10-01: Foster Care Linkage Clarification
fc09-06.piPolicy Interpretation 09-06: AAP Cases with Overlapping Medi-Cal Records
fc09-05.piPolicy Interpretation 09-05: Special Care Increment for Emergency Satellite Homes
fc09-04.piPolicy Interpretation 09-04: Income In-Kind
fc09-03.piPolicy Interpretation 09-03: Payment to a Legal Guardian When a Child Resides Elsewhere
fc09-02.piPolicy Interpretation 09-02: Face to Face Interview for Voluntary Placement
fc09-01.piPolicy Interpretation 09-01: Adoption Assistance Program Approval for PRUCOL Child
fc08-04.piPolicy Interpretation 08-04: Guardianship vs FFA Payment
fc08-03.piPolicy Interpretation 08-03: Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) Classification- Obsolete
fc08-02.piPolicy Interpretation 08-02: Expected Date of Graduation
fc08-01.piPolicy Interpretation 08-01: Stepparent Income and Property