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CSAC Now Neutral on Family Foster Care Bill
Costs Remain a Concern

August 11, 2016

Earlier this week, CSAC adopted a neutral position on Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s SB 1336 in response to amendments to the bill. SB 1336 was originally proposed as a reworking of current law to strike references to the consideration of placing a child in foster care with relatives at the time of the next placement change, which raised both policy and workload concerns.

As amended on August 4, 2016, SB 1336 still requires counties to assess and consider for placement relatives who come forward during the time a child is in family reunification. There are already many, sometimes competing, requirements that child welfare staff must follow. The recent amendments to SB 1336 acknowledge these priorities and the high workloads of child welfare staff, and clarify the role of the social worker when a relative comes forward to request placement.

Because of these amendments, CSAC, along with the county welfare directors, removed our opposition to the bill. On August 10, SB 1336 passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. It will next head to the Assembly Floor.

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