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As soon as possible after placing a child into foster care or kinship care, and no later than 30 days after placing the child, the placing agency shall provide to the child's caregiver any available documentation or proof of the child's age that may be required for enrollment in school or activities that require proof of age. Caregivers should have certain basic information in order to provide for the needs of children placed in their care, including all of the following:

  • ACIN I-05-14 - This All County Information Notice (ACIN) addresses information about the parents and the minor dependent child that should be shared with the caregiver as well as limitations on information sharing.
  • The name, mailing address, telephone number, and facsimile number of the child's social worker and the social worker's supervisor.
  • The name, mailing address, telephone number, and facsimile number of the child's attorney and court-appointed special advocate (CASA), if any.
  • The name, address, and department number of the juvenile court in which the child's juvenile court case is pending.
  • The case number assigned to the child's juvenile court case.
  • A copy of the child's birth certificate, passport, or other identifying documentation of age as may be required for enrollment in school and extracurricular activities.
  • The child's California Department of Social Services identification number.
  • The child's Medi-Cal identification number or group health insurance plan number.
  • Medications or treatments in effect for the child at the time of placement, and instructions for their use.
  • A plan outlining the child's needs and services, including information on family and sibling visitation.
  • Placement history or underlying source documents that are provided to adoptive parents pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 8706 of the Family Code.

This information is necessary to obtain social and health services for children, enroll children in school and extracurricular activities.

Contact Us

Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman
Toll-free telephone: 1-877-846-1602
E-mail: fosterfamilyhelp@dss.ca.gov