A temporary fix has been approved by the state of California for foster parents who find themselves stuck in the middle of the approval process and are in need of funding. The governor of California signed a stop-gap measure that provides funding to caregivers who are stuck in the process waiting for approval. The funding will be distributed as emergency funding.
Recent reforms in California state that the approval process for a foster family should take no more than 90 days. This has not been the case as many families have waited much longer and have been in dire need of funding. A large number of families have waited five months or more to be approved through the new process.
The short-term funding provided by Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Bill 110, will provide families with funding as they wait to be approved through the process but have already become foster families for children. The payments will be made to the families through June 1, 2018 and the funding for the payments will come from two different sources.
The new bill signed by Gov. Brown will also put some pressure on the counties to reduce the amount of time families have to wait to be approved. This will be done by forcing the counties to show good cause reasons to be reimbursed for the funds they distribute, which will hopefully reduce the backlog of families waiting for approval.
Child support is an important topic that quite a few people in California have to deal with at one point or another during their lifetime. It’s best to know the law prior to going through a divorce or fighting for custody of your children.
Source: The Chronicle of Social Change, “California Approves Short-Term Fix For Foster Parents Stuck in the Approval Process,” March 15, 2018