Q: I am working with a youth who wants to re-enter foster care. She is currently living in Los Angeles, but her foster care case was in Fresno County. Should she contact her original social worker in Fresno to file the necessary paper work or can she do it in Los Angeles? Also, will she have to travel back to Fresno for a court hearing either way?
A: The young person can make initial contact to re-enter foster care with either county. Whether or not Los Angeles County will assist the youth with the completion of the paperwork is based on whether or not the two counties have an arrangement for “courtesy supervision.” Most counties offer courtesy supervision to non-contiguous counties. For a full list of counties that do and do not offer courtesy supervision, follow this LINK.
If the two counties have this arrangement, the county of residence (in this case Los Angeles County), will assist the youth with completion of the all necessary forms and then fax or scan and email the forms that same day to the county of jurisdiction (in this case Frenso County).
If the two counties do not have an arrangement for “courtesy supervision” the youth may still contact the county child welfare agency where she resides. The county of residence must immediately assist the youth in determining the county of jurisdiction and allow the youth to phone the point of contact in the county of jurisdiction in order to begin the re-entry application process. The county of residence must also provide blank copies the necessary forms to the youth.
As for traveling back to Fresno County for court, a hearing will be held to review the 388(e) petition, which is a requirement of the re-entry process. The youth may elect to attend the court hearing in person, telephonically or elect to not attend the hearing.
SOURCE: CDSS All County Letter 12-12