California's Lack of Support for Relative Foster Parents

Only 44 percent of Californian foster children currently qualify for federal foster care benefits due to antiquated eligibility rules, and this rate is declining every year. In most placements, the state picks up the slack when a youth is not federally eligible and provides comparable benefits to those received by youth who are federally eligible.  For youth placed with a relative, however, California is one of the few states in the country that does not provide state-only foster care benefits when the child is not federally eligible, leaving these kinship foster parents without any foster care benefits at all. read more