Resource Family: The title foster families will be transformed into the title Resource Families. The concept of a Resource Family is to be resourceful for foster children who are placed into a resource family home. The goal of the foster care system changing is to better train and ensure resource parents can care for foster children who may have higher demand in needs. The goal is to minimize placement changes for foster children. Resource Families will be better equipped to handle children with mental health needs and behavioral needs.
Continuum of Care Reform: CCR formed from AB 403 which is to ensure services and supports provided to a child and his/her family are tailored toward the ultimate goal of maintaining a stable and permanent family. Resource Families and children will be provided with tools to help get to the ultimate goal such as therapeutic interventions and ensuirng all needed services are provided to foster children.
Resource Family Approval: Abbrievated as RFA combines current foster parent requirements, relative approval and approvals for adoption/ guardianship. With RFA it replaces all of the above listed requirements/ processes and turns the process into one. RFA will be an in depth assessment/application from the moment a family decides they want to become a resource family. With RFA being established it is the hope that the first resource home chosen for a child is the right home. If reunification fails the resource family has already undergone a permanency assessment initally and can therefore adopt or have guardianship if wanted.
**FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THESE 2017 CHANGES PLEASE VISIT COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING WEBSITE AT www.cdss.ca.gov***