Q: Can a home that is not yet approved as a Resource Family provide foster care placement on an emergency basis and still receive funding for the placement?
A: Yes. Effective July 1, 2019, when a county places a child or non-minor dependent on an emergency or temporary basis or for a compelling reason with a relative or nonrelative extended family member prior to Resource Family Approval (RFA), that emergency caregiver will receive a payment equivalent to the basic level rate, which is $1,000 for Fiscal Year 2019-20. The emergency caregiver funding is first provided on the date of placement and is funded through either the Emergency Assistance (EA) Program or, for children who are determined to be ineligible for the EA Program, through a combination of state and county funding.
Extended family members of an Indian child pending approval as a Tribally Approved Home are also eligible if the child or youth is placed on an emergency or temporary basis, however not when placed for a compelling reason.
California Department of Social Services. All County Letter 19-84 (September 4, 2019). https://gallery.mailchimp.com/73901133dd7ea1a5581344daf/files/86bfa1e9-cfcb-40c3-9fc7-9e9899310730/19_84_ES.pdf
California Welfare & Institutions Code § 309, 361.45 & 16519.5