Governor Announces Funding to Support Foster Youth and Families
April 16, 2020
The Governor announced an investment of $42 million, primarily from the emergency coronavirus spending legislation adopted by the Legislature, to support foster care families and at-risk children and youth. The largest portion of this funding is $27.8 million to support families who are struggling to stay together. This funding will be used to provide a $200 per month supplement to families in the Emergency Response and Family Maintenance programs, in order to help these families purchase food and other necessities. Other significant investments include:
- $6.9 million for increased county social worker workload including overtime costs and outreach efforts to foster families with older caregivers or other COVID-19 risks;
- $3 million for Family Resource Centers to provide direct supports and services to family caregivers, such as parenting resources, assistance with isolation needs, and links to other state and federal supports;
- $1.8 million to extend foster care payments and eligibility to support older foster youth during the COVID-19 crisis who would otherwise age out of the foster care system; and
- $1.7 million for higher monthly reimbursement rates for resource families impacted by COVID-19.