April 10, 2018: Plan to improve foster care placements sails through first policy review

April 10, 2018

Senate panel approves bill addressing delays, financial hardships   

Plan to improve foster care placements sails through first policy review

SACRAMENTO – A key Senate policy panel today approved a plan to fix unintended delays and financial hardships in a new statewide program for placing individuals with foster caregivers.  

The Senate Human Services Committee on a bipartisan 6-0 vote approved Senate Bill 1083 by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell to help fix the program, known as Resource Family Approval (RFA), to create a more unified, child-centered and family friendly approval process.

Specifically, SB 1083 by Mitchell, chair of the Senate budget and Fiscal Review Committee, would enact the policy changes needed to remove hurdles to timely placements.

“This bill is an important step toward fulfilling the intent of RFA by supporting families and making sure that unintentional delays do not result in hardship for children who are recovering from abuse and neglect,” Mitchell said. “This creates a more thorough process for vetting potential family placements, ending the cycle of multi-home placements for youth in foster care and group home care settings.”

Fixing the RFA program will put California on track, improving the lives of foster youth and families, Mitchell said. 

For more information on SB 1083, visit Sen. Mitchell’s Web site HERE or at the address below.

Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. A member of the Legislature for more than six years,  she represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. More at www.senate.ca.gov/Mitchell

Photo caption:  Patti Aguirre, who testified in support of SB 1083, and her family joins Sen. Mitchell after the hearing. (Photo by Jorge Barajas).

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ray Sotero at 916 651-4030 office; (916) 717-0513 cell; or Ray.sotero@sen.ca.gov