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THP-Plus under realignment

Q: The Administration’s realignment trailer bill was released last Friday and it appears to give county child welfare agencies the option as to whether or not to implement THP-Plus and THP-Plus Foster Care. Was THP-Plus Foster Care an option under AB 12 or was it required? How will this ultimately be determined?

A: Yes, language in the Administration’s trailer bill provides counties with the discretion to use funding provided for THP-Plus and THP-Plus Foster Care for other purposes (page 79). This is a change in the policy adopted by the California State Legislature with AB 12, which required counties to establish THP-Plus Foster Care as a placement option for non-minor dependents. The decision as to whether THP-Plus Foster Care is optional or required will be determined by the Legislature and the Administration as part of the passage of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget package.

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Re-entry to foster care: county of jurisdiction vs. county of residence

Q:  If a youth who exited care has moved to a new county and wants to reenter foster care, do they have to contact the child welfare agency in the county that had jurisdiction when they exited or can they contact the child welfare agency where they currently live?

A:  According to ACL 12-12, the original county retains jurisdiction, but a youth who wishes to re-enter can contact either the county of jurisdiction or the county of residence.  If the child welfare agency that the youth contacts is not the one that has jurisdiction over the case, the county of residence is required to 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 application process.  In some cases the county of residence may be able to provide assistance to the youth with completing the necessary forms and send them to the county that has jurisdiction.  If they are not able to provide this assistance, the county of jurisdiction must assess the circumstances of the youth’s request and get the completed forms from the youth in a timely manner.

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