- District 8
Existing law establishes the Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) program, under which counties provide payments to foster care providers on behalf of qualified children in foster care and to nonminor dependents up to 21 years of age. Existing law specifies that a nonminor dependent is eligible for federal financial participation for benefits under the AFDC-FC program if the nonminor dependent meets certain criteria, including, among others, that they have been deprived of parental support, as specified. This bill would require the State Department of Social Services, by July 1, 2022, or upon receipt of any necessary federal approval, to develop and disseminate guidance to county child welfare, probation, and tribal placing agencies on recommended procedures to follow in order to transition a youth to the extended foster care program in a manner that enables the county to redetermine the youth's eligibility for federal financial participation. The bill would require the Director of Social Services to seek any federal approvals necessary to implement these provisions by July 1, 2022. This bill would also authorize a county child welfare, probation, or tribal placing agency, for certain nonminor dependents who were ineligible for federal financial participation prior to attaining 18 years of age and who consent, to file a petition with the juvenile court to dismiss dependency or transition jurisdiction and immediately resume that jurisdiction in order to establish the nonminor dependent's eligibility for federal financial participation. The bill would authorize the juvenile court to grant the petition without a hearing. The bill would require a county child welfare, probation, or tribal placing agency filing a petition pursuant to these provisions to ensure that a nonminor dependent does not experience a break in services or supports before, during, or after the filing or granting of the petition. The bill would require the Judicial Council, by June 1, 2022, to develop and implement standards, and develop and adopt appropriate forms, as necessary to implement this process. The bill would also authorize a county child welfare, probation, or tribal placing agency to redetermine a nonminor dependent's eligibility for federal financial participation after the court has resumed dependency jurisdiction or transition jurisdiction, as specified. This bill would make other related and conforming changes.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
From printer. May be heard in committee March 15.
Read first time. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/12/21 - Introduced|
|04/12/21 - Amended Assembly|
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