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’t 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’t or won’t take in a child without it disrupting their place of employment or education.

Details of the bill

The Emergency Childcare Bridge Program would provide:

  1. Emergency Vouchers. Any family requiring child care from 0-3 would receive an immediate, time-limited voucher topay for up to six months following the placement.
  2. Child care staff support. Support staff will work with the family to ensure the use of the emergency voucher to ensure the child has immediate access to child care. Staff will also ensure that the child transitions into a long term, high quality licensed child care setting.
  3. (3) Funds for Trauma-informed care. Funds will be set aside for 1 trauma informed trainer in each county. Licensed child care providers will work with the County to ensure they receive training on trauma-informed care.

SVO POSITION: Support

STATUS: Committee on Human Resources; hearing date 4/4/17

Questions? Contact Kelly Peaton, Director of Education and Workforce Development at kellyp@thesvo.com

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