Aug. 29, 2018: Plan to improve foster-care placements goes to Gov. Brown after Legislature’s bipartisan vote

August 29, 2018

Lawmakers approve Sen. Holly J. Mitchell's family-protection bill addressing hardships   

SACRAMENTO – In a bipartisan vote welcomed by families statewide, the California Legislature today approved a plan to fix unintended delays and financial hardships in a new statewide program for placing individuals with foster caregivers.  

In a near-unanimous 63-0 vote, lawmakers approved Senate Bill 1083 by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell to help enact policy changes to remove hurdles to timely placements in the Resource Family Approval (RFA) program and create a more unified child-centered family friendly approval process.

SB 1083 by Mitchell, chair of the Senate budget and Fiscal Review Committee, would enact spending 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.

Gov. Brown has until the end of September to sign, veto or allow the measure to go into law Jan. 1, 2019 without his signature. 

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

Sen. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. A member of the Legislature since 2010, she represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. Follow Mitchell on Twitter at @HollyJMitchell. More at www.senate.ca.gov/Mitchell