1. What is specialized care?
Specialized 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
2. Can any AFDC-FC child with a health and/or behavior problem receive a
specialized care increment?
Children 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.
3. Are there any restrictions on the type of facility in which the child
must be placed to receive a specialized care rate?
Children 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 care rate.
4. 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
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:
Foster Care Rates Bureau
744 P Street, MS 8-11-38
Sacramento, CA 95814
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