Monthly Archives: December 2014

Do children of parenting NMDs count in 1:12 staffing ratio for THP+FC?

Q: I work for a THP+Foster Care provider and about a third of our participants are parenting youth. As a provider, we are required to maintain a ratio of one case manager to 12 youth. My question is: are the children of Non-Minor Dependents counted as clients in that ratio? Or does it include the parenting dependents only?

A: No, the children of NMDs are not counted in the 1:12 staffing ratio. The statute is clear that programs serving NMDs must maintain a program staffing ratio of case manager to client not to exceed 1 to 12. However, the children of parenting NMDs are not clients because the child is not placed with the THP+FC program.

Additionally, the THP+FC  foster care rate paid to providers is based on the personnel and resources costs associated with one person, not a parent and a child. Community Care Licensing confirmed this interpretation in a December meeting.

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FAFSA Workshops

Q: I know that students who plan to attend college in fall of 2015 need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 2 in order to get the most financial aid possible. Where can I direct high school seniors for help completing the FAFSA?

A: California Cash for College Workshops are held in January and February of every year, up until the Cal Grant March 2 deadline. You can search for workshops near you based on your zip code, city or county at the Cash for College website. Most County Independent Living Programs also offer FAFSA workshops that are targeted specifically to foster youth.

Can a Youth be the Army Reserves and be in Extended Foster Care?

Q: Do you know if a youth can be in the Army Reserves and remain in Extended Foster Care? I am working with a youth who exited foster care to go to boot camp. He would like to return to foster care when his training is completed. I was not sure if the Reserves counts as being enlisted in the military.

A: According to the California Department of Social Services, participation in the military reserves is allowed.  However, monthly visitation is required during boot camp, which can commonly last 8 to 10 weeks.  CDSS recommends that a youth exit foster care and re-enter after boot camp.