Foster Care Rate Setting

Rates Information for Group Homes, (STRTP) Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs, (ISFC) Intensive Services Foster Care and Foster Family Agencies

General Information and Definitions

Regulations

 MPP Division 11, Chapter 11-400 Through 11-430

Foster Care Rates Lists

Foster Care Rates Consultants County Assignment List

Foster Care Information Letters

All County Letters (ACL)

  • ACL 20-78: (July 1, 2020) Aid To Families With Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) And Home-Based Family Care California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases And Other Rate Increases
  • ACL 19-70: Aid To Families With Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) And Home-Based Family Care (HBFC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases And Other Rate Increases
  • ACL 18-145: Sharing Ratios For Foster Family Agencies, Intensive Services Foster Care, Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs, Community Treatment Facilities, Group Homes And Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care Programs For Fiscal Year 2018-19
  • ACL 18-89: Aid to Families with Dependent Children- Foster Care Home Based Index Increases and other rate increases; rate policy as to youth ages 18-21
  • ACL 18-88: Establishment of a Services-Only Rate to secure additional services and supports
  • ACL 18-25: Implementation Of The Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) Program
  • ACL 18-06 ERRATA: Implementation date change for the home-based family care (HBFC) - Level of Care (LOC) rate determination protocol and instructions
  • ACL 18-06: Implementation date change for the home-based family care (HBFC) - Level of Care (LOC) rate determination protocol and instructions
  • ACL 17-111: Delayed implementation of the Home-Based Family Care Level of Care (LOC) Rate Determination Protocol
  • ACL 17-89: Sharing ratios for Foster Family Agency (FFA), Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC), Short-term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP), Community Treatment Facility (CTF), Group Home (GH) and Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 and CTF rate for FY 2017-18
  • ACL 17-75: (July 13, 2017) Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC_FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) increases and other rate increases
  • ACL 17-67: (July 5, 2017) Clarification on the "Supplement to the Rate Questionnaire", SOC 837 form, for Dual Agency Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC_FC), Adoption Assistance Program (AAP), and Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (KIN-GAP) children
  • ACL 17-11: (January 31, 2017) Phase II Implementation Of The Continuum Of Care Reform (CCR) Home-Based Family Care (HBFC) And Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) Rates Structure And Conversion Process From The Old Rate Structure To The New Rate Structure
  • ACL 16-79: (September 22, 2016) Information About The Continuum Of Care Reform (CCR) Home-Based Family Care (HBFC) And Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) Rates Structure And Conversion Process From The Old Rate Structure To The New Rate Structure.
  • ACL 16-72: (September 7, 2016) Reimbursement Process For Accreditation Fees.
  • ACL 16-65: (August 19, 2016) Assembly Bill (AB) 403 Group Home Extension Request To Continue Placements And Current Rate Classification Level (RCL) Rate.
  • ACL 16-57: (July 1, 2016) Aid To Families With Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases And Other Rate Increases.
  • ACL 16-54: Clarifying instructions regarding eligibility for the Dual Agency Rate
  • ACL 16-50: Additional payment for a Non-minor Dependent (NMD) Parent in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) Questions and Answers
  • ACL 16-05:(January 21, 2016) Nationally Recognized Accreditation Agencies Identified By The California Department Of Social Services (CDSS) To Be Used For Accreditation By Foster Family Agencies And Short-Term Residential Treatment Centers (STRTCs).
  • ACL 15-74: Sharing Ratios For Group Home Programs Fiscal Year 2015-16 (October 14, 2015)
  • ACL 15-67: Additional payment for Non-minor Dependent (NMD) Parent in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)
  • ACL 15-58E: Errata To Aid To Families With Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases And Other Rate Increases (July 20, 2015)
  • ACL 15-58: Aid To Families With Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases And Other Rate Increases (July 2, 2015)
  • ACL 15-07: Notice of forms and instructions for Foster care Overpayments
  • ACL 14-104: Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increase; Update On Sharing Ratios (December 23, 2014)
  • ACL 14-74 : Sharing Ratios For Group Home Programs Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15. (October 9, 2014)
  • ACL 14-44: Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases and Other Rate Increases (July 28, 2014)
  • ACL 14-18:Sharing Ratios For Transitional Housing Program Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) Programs, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-13 And 2013-14 (February 13, 2014)
  • ACL 13-92: Sharing Ratios for Group Home Programs Fiscal Year 2013-14 (November 20, 2013)
  • ACL 13-62E:Aid To Families With Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases and Other Rate Increases (dated November 25, 2013)
  • ACL 13-62:Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases and Other Rate Increases (dated August 14, 2013)
  • ACL 12-57: Sharing Ratios For Group Home Programs Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-13 (dated November 2, 2012)
  • ACL 12-44: Transitional Housing Placement-Plus-Foster Care and Changes to Transitional Housing Placement Program and Transitional Housing Program-Plus (dated September 11, 2012)
  • ACL 12-43: Aid To Families With Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases And Other Rate Increases; Clarification Of The Continuation Of AFDC-FC Benefits Beyond Age 19 (dated August 16, 2012)
  • ACL 12-40: Continued Moratorium On The Acceptance And Processing Of Group Home Rate Applications (dated September 18, 2012)
  • ACL 11-75:Sharing Ratios For Group Home Programs Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12
  • ACL 11-71: Extension Of Moratorium On The Acceptance And Processing Of Group Home Rate Applications (dated October 20, 2011)
  • ACL 11-54: Aid to Families with Dependent Children - Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increase in Group Home (GH) Rates (dated July 27, 2011)
  • ACL 10-66: Moratorium on the Acceptance and Processing of Group Home Rates Applications (dated December 24, 2010)
  • ACL 10-50: Sharing Ratios For Group Home Programs Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-11 Sharing Ratios For Group Home Programs Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-11 (dated November 10, 2010)
  • ACL 10-38: California Alliance of Child and Family Services v. Cliff Allenby, et.al. Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index Increase in Group Home Rates (dated July 20, 2010)
  • ACL 10-15: California Alliance of Child and Family Services v. Cliff Allenby, et.al. (dated March 15, 2010)
  • ACL 10-02: Aid To Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) Foster Family Agency Rates and Group Home Adjusted Point Ranges (dated January 29, 2010)
  • ACL 09-76: California Alliance of Child and Family Services v. John Wagner, et.al. Preliminary Injunction Prohibiting Reductions to Group Home Rates (dated November 25, 2009)
  • ACL 09-72: California Alliance of Child and Family Services v. John Wagner, et.al. Temporary Restraining Order Prohibiting Reductions to Group Home Rates (dated November 9, 2009)
  • ACL 09-65: Sharing Ratios for Group Home Programs Fiscal Year 2009-10 (dated November 5, 2009)
  • ACL 09-45:Aid To Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care, Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment Program and Adoption Assistance Program (dated September 30, 2009)
  • ACL 09-18: Revisions to Various Eligibility, Operational, Reporting, and Foster Parent Training Components of Intensive Treatment Foster Care Programs (dated June 3, 2009)
  • ACL 08-01: Aid To Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care, Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment Program and Adoption Assistance Program Rates (dated January 17, 2008)
  • ACL 07-36: Sharing Ratios For Group Home Programs (dated October 15, 2007)
  • ACL 07-15EII: Erratum II: Correction To All-County Letter (ACL) 07-15, DATED MARCH 21, 2007 and Erratum to ACL 07-15, DATED March 29, 2007 (dated June 28, 2007)
  • ACL 07-15E: Erratum: Correction To All-County Letter (ACL) 07-15,
    (dated March 29, 2007)
  • ACL 07-15: Overpayment Collection and Reporting Requirements of Federal Title IV-E Funds for the Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program (dated March 21, 2007)
  • ACL 06-48: Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program Improper Payments (dated December 11, 2006)
  • ACL 06-12: Sharing Ratios for Group Home Programs (dated July 26, 2006)
  • ACL 06-04: Minor Dependent Parents in Foster Care (dated June 20, 2006)
  • ACL 05-25: Biennial Rate Application Requirements (dated September 30, 2005)
  • ACL 05-24: Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) and Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (kin-gap) Program Rates (dated September 22, 2005)
  • ACL 01-55 Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) and Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-Gap) Program Rates (dated August 22, 2001)

All County Information Letters (ACIN)

  • ACIN I-36-19: Fifth Group Home Rate Extensions; Requirements For Counties To Continue Group Home Placements And The Implications For Placement Funding
  • ACIN I-79-18: Phase Four Group Home Extension Request To Continue Placements And Current Rate Classification Level (RCL) Rate, And The Implications For Placement Funding (dated November 15, 2018)
  • ACIN I-37-18: Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) Group Home Extension request to continue placements and current Rate Classification Level (RCL) Rate
  • ACIN I-75-17: Assembly Bill (AB) 403 Group Home Extension Request to continue placements and current Rate Classification Level (RCL) Rate
  • ACIN I-50-16: Continuum Of Care Reform (CCR) (Assembly Bill (AB) 403 General Information) (July 8, 2016)
  • ACIN I-42-16:Assessments To Determine The Appropriateness Of The Group Home Placement For Children And Youth In Group Home Care Over One Year In Duration And Plans For Transitioning Into A Home-Based Family Care Setting (dated June 30, 2016)
  • ACIN 1-02-15:Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Review (dated January 15, 2015)
  • ACIN I-61-07: Online Change Reports for Group Home Rate Information (dated October 26, 2007)
  • ACIN I-43-98: Rate Termination of Group Home Programs With Self-Dealing Transactions, Including Affiliated Leases (dated August 5, 1998)

Foster Care Audits and Rates Letters (FCARL)

Rate Application Requirements

Contact Us

Foster Care Rates Bureau 
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Sacramento, CA 95814
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