The foster care system is undergoing big changes; but what does this mean for the community? In the past, Foster Parents have been certified by Foster Family Agencies (FFA) and the counties to provide homes for foster children. However, starting January 1, 2017, the Resource Family Approval (RFA) program, part of California’s Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) established a new family-friendly and child-centered approval process for all related and non-related families seeking to care for youth and non-minor dependents in foster care. This means that anybody interested in opening their home to foster children after January 1, 2017 will undergo the RFA process and become a Resource Family. All foster parents certified prior to January 1, 2017 will be converted to Resource Families by December 31, 2018.
For more information about the RFA Program and CCR, click the links above!
*Throughout the website, Foster Parents and Resource Families are all referred to as “Resource Families.”