What is specialized care?
care provides a supplemental payment to the family home provider, in addition
to the family home basic rate, for the cost of supervision to meet the additional daily care needs of an Aid
to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) child who has a
health and/or behavior problem. Placement of children who need specialized care
in family homes complies with State and federal requirements that a child is
entitled to placement in a family environment, in close proximity to the
parent's home, and consistent with the best interest and special needs of the
child. California's specialized care rate setting system promotes these
concepts. The Specialized Care Increment (SCI) is the supplemental payment
added to the foster care basic rate for children with health and/or behavioral
problems. Click onto a county’s name posted below to view the county’s
Specialized Care Increment rates. A county’s Specialized Care Increment rate is
the current foster care basic rate + the county’s specialized care increment =
the county’s specialized care rate. For additional information regarding
Specialized Care Increment determination documents see
Can any AFDC-FC child with a health and/or behavior problem receive a
specialized care increment?
who are placed under the authority of a court order, either as a dependent or
ward of the Juvenile Court, relinquishment, voluntary placement agreement or
guardianship may be eligible to receive a specialized care rate if the county
has a specialized care system. Not all counties in California have a
specialized care system.
Are there any restrictions on the type of facility in which the child must be
placed to receive a specialized care rate?
placed in a licensed or approved family home, licensed small family home, the
certified home of a Foster Family Agency nontreatment program or the home of a
relative or nonrelated legal guardian may be eligible to receive a specialized
Who is responsible for the development, maintenance, and administration of the
specialized care rate setting system in California?
The Specialized Care Increments for each county are posted below. The last requested Specialized Care Increment rate change occurred in 2008. The Specialized Care Increment does not receive a cost-of-living adjustment. Many of the counties Specialized Care Rate Programs listed below have foster care basic rates that do not include recent cost of living increases. You can go to ACL 17-75 to see the current foster care basic rates. The Specialized Care Rate is calculated by taking the current foster care basic rate and adding the Specialized Care Increment of the county to determine that county’s current Specialized Care Rate.
Please contact the local Child
Welfare Agency Representative
for questions pertaining to the
specialized care rates.
For Additional Information:
Care Rates Bureau
744 P Street, MS 8-11-38
Sacramento, CA 95814
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