AB 1133, as amended, Mitchell. Foster children: special health care needs.
Under existing law, the State Department of Social Services licenses foster families, and the department and each county provide assistance to foster parents of low-income children under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) program. Existing law requires the department to develop a program, to be administered by the department and county social services departments, for the establishment of foster care homes for children with special health care needs with foster parents trained by health care professionals pursuant to the discharge plan of the facility releasing the child being placed in, or currently in, foster care. Existing law requires each county department of social services to develop a specified plan for foster care placement of children with special health care needs.
This bill would require that, when
the placement of a foster child
begin delete with special health care needs is being consideredend delete, preference be given to placement with a foster parent who is an individual nurse provider, as defined, who provides health services under the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program, but that this preference be subordinate to the preference granted to a relative of the child, in accordance with federal law.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 17739 is added to the Welfare and
2Institutions Code, to read:
(a) When the placement of a foster child
begin delete with special health care needs is being considered,end delete preference shall be given to placement with a
7foster parent who is an individual nurse provider, as defined in
8subdivision (m) of Section
begin delete 14143.26end delete of the Welfare and
9Institutions Code, who provides health services under the federal
10Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program
11(Section 1396d(a)(4)(B) of Title 42 of the United States Code).
12(b) The preference described in subdivision (a) shall be
13subordinate to the preference granted to a relative of the child
14under Section 361.3, in accordance with Section 671(a)(19) of
15Title 42 of the United States Code.