Tools to help you move forward
In order to get where we are going in 2021, we have provided a number of tools to help you plan and implement CCR in your county. Planning tools can include assessment tools and timelines. Counties will want to gather data related to the different aspects of CCR. For example, how many Foster Family Agencies (FFAs) and Group Homes will be impacted by the accreditation process? How many children are placed in FFAs and Group Homes?
- RFA and CCR Timeline guide
Tools for Enhancing Recruitment, Retention, and Support
- Understanding Child and Family Team Meetings
- Resource Home Recruitment in Los Angeles County This report from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs details their analysis of the current process used to recruit and train new families for fostering and adopting children. The report focuses on the dual foster care recruitment system used to develop resource families, one being the system used by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the other, the system used by private state-licensed foster family agencies (FFAs). Click here for a PDF of the full report.
- Facebook Group Guidelines for County Human Services Agencies Using Facebook Group Pages for Foster Parent Recruitment, Retention, Support Efforts developed by CWDA
August 2015 Convening on Recruitment, Retention, and Support
The tools and resources below were shared at the August 2015 convening on Recruitment, Retention, and Support.
- California Department of Social Services Resources on Recruitment and Training for Resource Families
- 8/21/15 Convening
- Partnership Plan for Out-of-Home Care
- QPI California
- Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition
- Casey Family Programs
- San Diego's Project KEEP
- Effects of the KEEP Foster Parent Intervention on Child and Sibling Behavior Problems and Parental Stress During a Randomized Implementation Trial
Implementation efforts for CCR will occur in stages between now and 2021 in child welfare services, and in succeeding years in probation foster care.
Group care will be primarily utilized only for Short-term Residential Therapeutic Centers (STRTCs) that provide intensive treatment interventions. When needed, the STRTC placement option will be available to children and youth requiring highly intensive 24-hour supervision and treatment and will be designed to quickly transition children back to their own or another permanent family.
Facilities seeking licensure as a STRTC will need to meet higher standards of care, be accredited, and be able to deliver or arrange for a set of core services including the mental health services that children need. A new rate structure is being developed for these programs.
Foster family agencies (FFA) are re-envisioned to provide various levels of care to meet a broader range of individual child needs. Like STRTCs, FFAs will make available a core set of services that are trauma-informed and culturally relevant, including specialty mental health services. The FFAs, at the request of a county, may provide supports and services to county-approved families, including relatives. A new rate structure is being developed to support this change.
Statewide implementation of the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process will improve selection, training, and support of families under a streamlined, family-friendly process for approving families (including relatives) seeking to care for a child in foster care, whether on an emergency, temporary, or permanent basis. All families will receive training.
Resources are being provided to counties to support the development and implementation of creative strategies for supporting, retaining, and recruiting quality relative and non-relative Resource Families.
Services and supports will be tailored to the strengths and needs of a child and delivered to the child/youth in a family-based environment. These services and supports will be informed by an assessment and developed through a Child and Family Team (CFT) process.
This increases accountability and transparency of FFAs and STRTCs. This approach includes:
- Accreditation by a national accrediting body
- Publicly available provider performance measures
- Consumer satisfaction surveys
- Interdepartmental oversight framework