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  Consent-Health & Human Services   #   22.    
Board of Supervisors Child, Youth & Family  
Meeting Date: 08/01/2017  
Brief Title:    California Department of Social Services Resource Family Approval
From: Karen Larsen, Director, Health & Human Services Agency
Staff Contact: Kristy Brockett, Accountant Auditor I, Health & Human Services Agency, x2762

Subject
Adopt resolution authorizing execution of the 2017/2019 Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program and approve agreement with the California Department of Social Services, which establishes the responsibilities of each party regarding legal consultation and legal representation in administrative action appeals associated with application to the RFA program of the County Child Welfare Services Agency and the State of California for the term January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. (No general fund impact) (Larsen)
Recommended Action
  1. Adopt resolution authorizing execution of the 2017/2019 Resource Family Approval Program;
     
  2. Approve Agreement  No.16-5062 between California Department of Social Services and County, which establishes the responsibilities of each party regarding legal consultation and legal representation in administrative action appeals associated with application to the Resource Family Approval program of the County Child Welfare Services Agency and the State of California for the term January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019;
     
  3. Authorize the Director of the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency to enter into and sign this agreement; and
     
  4. Authorize the Director of the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency to execute any extensions or amendments of the Agreement consistent with the Agreement on file with the Clerk of the Board.
Strategic Plan Goal(s)
Operational Excellence
Thriving Residents
Safe Communities
 
Reason for Recommended Action/Background
The Resource Family Approval (RFA) program was created to provide a unified, family friendly and child-centered resource family approval process to replace multiple former processes for licensing foster homes, approving relatives and non-relative extended family members as foster care providers, and approving adoptive families; establish a single set of standards for resource family approvals which allows for the safety, permanence, and well-being of the children who have been victims of child abuse and neglect; reduce the use of congregate care placement settings; and decrease the length of time for each child to obtain permanency.  RFA is a state-mandated program that began on January 1, 2017.  The County chose to become an early implementer and began the program on January 1, 2016. 

Pursuant to Government Code section 30029.7, subdivision (a), the County and California Department of Social Services (CDSS) may enter into an agreement for CDSS to provide services or activities related to RFA.  The County and CDSS have identified certain services or activities to be provided by CDSS in order to expedite the delivery of services to children and non-minor dependents who reside or may reside in an approved resource family home.  Per this Agreement, legal consultation and legal representation in administrative action appeals associated with the RFA application process is an offered service which will be provided at no charge to the County. 
Collaborations (including Board advisory groups and external partner agencies)
County Counsel has approved this Agreement as to form. 
 

 

Fiscal Information
No Fiscal Impact
Fiscal Impact of this Expenditure
Total cost of recommended action $0
Amount budgeted for expenditure $0
Additional expenditure authority needed $0
One-time commitment     Yes
Source of Funds for this Expenditure
General Fund $0
Further explanation as needed
N/A
 
Attachments
Att. A. Resolution
Att. B. Contract

Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
Karen Larsen Karen Larsen 07/21/2017 04:53 PM
Financial Services Tom Haynes 07/24/2017 01:20 PM
County Counsel Hope Welton 07/24/2017 01:43 PM
Form Started By: kbrockett Started On: 07/17/2017 04:44 PM
Final Approval Date: 07/24/2017
Level double AA conformance,
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