Resource Families


California’s Child Welfare Reform Threatened by Slow Pace of Caregiver Approval and Group Homes

Implementation struggles have caused the price of California’s child welfare reform to soar by an estimated $101 million, according to a recent analysis from the California state legislature. In a report released last month, the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office assessed California Gov.


Why Keeping Current Foster Parents Can Be More Important Than Recruiting New Ones

Foster parents are the primary intervention in the lives of abused and neglected children. In order for children placed into foster care to receive the safety and stability they need to heal and thrive, available and willing high-quality families are needed.


California Approves Short-Term Fix For Foster Parents Stuck in the Approval Process

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a stop-gap measure on Tuesday that will provide emergency funding to caregivers who take in a foster child before completing the approval process. Over the past year, the state’s new approval process for caregivers in the state has led to lengthy funding delays for foster parents and relative caregivers, now collectively known as resource families.


California Assemblyman Mark Stone on the Art of Fine-Tuning Foster Care Reform

In 2015, California Assemblymember Mark Stone (D) introduced legislation that launched the state’s Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), an overhaul of the state’s foster care system. Under 2015’s Assembly Bill (AB) 403, Stone put into place the foundation of the reforms: dramatically scaling back a reliance on group homes as placements for children in the foster care system, and seeking to place more children in the homes of relatives and foster parents.

resource family approval process slowed by delays


Amid State Foster Care Reforms, Relatives in L.A. Still Face Obstacles

Mahoganie LaFranks initially welcomed the opportunity to bring 16-year-old foster youth Tiffany* into her Long Beach home this past year. In September, LaFranks started the process to be formally licensed as a resource parent under California’s new approval process, a key part of child welfare reforms in California that started in January.


California Counties Consider Child Care Program for Foster Parents

Counties in California will have until Thursday to decide whether to opt into a state program that aims to boost the number of foster parents by providing some with subsidized child care.


    Child Care Program Could Bridge Gap for Foster Families in California

    California is finally one step closer to supporting foster parents – now referred to by the state as “resource families” – by addressing one of their top needs when stabilizing abused and neglected children: child care.


    When Finding Educational Stability for Foster Youth, Maybe It Does Take a Village

    In reading Daniel Heimpel’s article “Responding to foster kids like Alex, L.A. County acts to protect educational stability,” it occurred to me that Los Angeles County is focused on a poorer solution than the one that ultimately worked for Alex.


    Rethinking Foster Parent Recruitment & Retention

    How well I still remember one of the anthems of my generation: “For the times they are a changin’.” And how applicable these words continue to be, especially in our world of Child, Youth and Family Services.