Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors passed her motion to send a five-signature letter asking the State Legislature to maintain the current timeframe for emergency caregiver funding:
“Kin caregivers – relatives and family friends – are the backbone of our child welfare system. Foster children do best when they are in their care: they remain with their siblings, endure fewer placement changes, and experience less trauma. Kin caregivers are also essential to reducing the child welfare system’s reliance on group homes and supporting our foster parent recruitment efforts. In fact, 52% of caregivers in LA County are kin caregivers.
However, emergency caregiver funding that supports foster children will decrease in July 2019 if the State Legislature does not take action.
The State must maintain the current funding scheme for kin caregivers to ensure stability and a loving home for our foster children. These children and their families deserve nothing less.”