AB 1164 will ensure that foster youth who are placed in a foster home still have access to high quality early child care and education, thereby increasing the likelihood of successful placement.
Lack of access to childcare prevents placements
When children are removed from their parents due to abuse and neglect they enter into the foster care system. Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will work hard to place children with family members or a foster care parent. Currently there is a shortage of willing people who will take in a foster child that is exacerbated by the fact that foster care parents aren‚Äôt afforded an opportunity to access immediate childcare.
Fewer and fewer foster care parents and kin are able to accommodate taking in an unplanned foster child because early childhood centers are at full capacity. This means caregivers who work or attend school, can‚Äôt or won‚Äôt take in a child without it disrupting their place of employment or education.
Details of the bill
The Emergency Childcare Bridge Program would provide:
SVO POSITION: Support
STATUS: Committee on Human Resources; hearing date 4/4/17
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