How long does it take to get approved for RFA?

How long does it take to get approved for RFA?

The RFA assessment is supposed to be completed within ninety (90) days. However, the majority of county agencies are currently taking much longer to assess RFA applicants. In some counties, such as Los Angeles, RFA applicants are reporting having to wait approximately nine months for a decision from the county.

What is RFA in adoption?

RFA is a new family-friendly and child-centered caregiver approval process that combines elements of the current foster parent licensing, relative approval processes, and approvals for adoption and guardianship and replaces those processes.

How can we prepare children for reunification?

6 tips for foster parents preparing for reunification

  1. Communicate with your worker. Sometimes it can feel like a child’s permanency plan changes from adoption to reunification overnight.
  2. Prepare for the transition.
  3. Don’t think of reunification as an end.
  4. Take time to grieve.
  5. Find support.
  6. Know that you made a difference.

What is the first placement option when a child is removed from their home?

If a child must be removed from the home, placement with kin is considered the least restrictive placement option. This may include a relative, close or distant, or what is known as fictive kin.

What is a RFA meeting?

RFA is a fellowship of women and men dedicated to physical, spiritual, and emotional recovery by abstaining from sugar, flour, and wheat in all forms and by living the twelve steps of recovery to the best of our ability.

What is a resource family home?

Resource family home means a home licensed to provide services to a child in the custody of the state and includes a foster care home and a legal risk home.

What are the five major components of helping families prepare for reunification?

Respect Birth Parents and Be Compassionate.

  • Encourage Visitation and Regular Contact.
  • Communicate Regularly with the Family.
  • Pursue Safe Reunification for Children.
  • Promote Cooperative Reunification-Centered Approaches at Agencies.
  • Do judges always agree with social services?

    The judge is likely unless he or she considers that the evidence before the court suggests otherwise to take full account of the recommendations made by children’s services and the guardian.

    What is kinship allowance?

    All foster/kinship carers get an allowance to cover the cost of caring for a child in their home. Some foster carers also receive a fee because they have certain knowledge and skills. Financial support is also available to people supporting young people aged between 18 and 21 years old in: education.

    What disqualifies you from being a foster parent?

    The applicant or any member of the household has a history of substantiated child abuse or neglect. During the process, the applicant and all other household members over the age of 14 will have a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect background check ( Child Protective Services.

    What does an RFA social worker do?

    Resource Family Approval Program (RFA) Unifies approval standards for all caregivers, regardless of the child’s case plan. Includes a comprehensive psychosocial assessment, home environment check, and training for all families, including relatives.

    What is the role of a resource parent?

    A resource parent, or resource family, is the new umbrella term used in the state of California to refer to adoptive or foster parents and many other types of out-of-home caregivers. A resource parent is trained and approved to provide foster and adoptive care to children and teenagers.

    What are examples of family resources?

    Family resources are the means that can be used by the family to cope with difficult situations; these include social, cultural, religious, economic and medical resources.

    What are some strategies for promoting family reunification?

    What strengths and skills do you have to help with the reunification?

    Families have said the following strengths were essential to their ability to reunify, remain intact, and maintain healthy functioning: commitment, insight, communication, humor, initiative, boundary setting, creativity, flexibility, social support (receiving and giving), and spirituality (Lietz & Strength, 2011).

    Do social services spy on you?

    Social work professionals are also setting up fake social media accounts to spy on parents and children. A study carried out by researchers at Lancaster University found that social workers were failing to adhere to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

    Can social services track your phone?

    Re: Social services phone tapping If a social worker is worried about a child, by law, they have to find out as much as they can about a child’s situation. However, they do not have the legal power to tap phones. They could check the open part of social media accounts, such as Facebook.

    Do kinship carers get Child Benefit?

    Informal kinship carers can generally claim the same benefits and financial help as parents including Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit. In many cases, parents are no longer entitled to claim these benefits if their children are no longer living with them.

    Can I claim Child Benefit if my child doesn’t live with me?

    You will usually get Child Benefit for 8 weeks after your child goes to live with someone else (eg a friend or relative), if nobody else claims. It can continue for longer if you make contributions to your child’s upkeep. The Child Benefit Office will tell you if they get another claim for your child.

    Can I foster without a spare room?

    I don’t have a spare room – can I foster? Most fostering services require you to have a spare bedroom, to ensure the child you foster has the privacy and space they require. The exception is babies who can usually share a foster carer’s bedroom up to a certain age (usually around 12-18 months).

    What is an RFA Resource family?

    RFA creates a framework for all families, including relative and NREFM caregivers, called “resource families” to receive the same information, training and opportunities for support. A resource family completes one approval process, and once approved, may choose to provide care on a short- or long-term basis.

    Do I have to adhere to the RFA standards?

    Tribally approved homes are not required to adhere to the RFA standards. The RFA program was implemented statewide in January 2017. RFA creates a framework for all families, including relative and NREFM caregivers, called “resource families” to receive the same information, training and opportunities for support.

    What do you need to know about the RFA application form?

    RFA Application Form – Confidential (RFA 01C). Note: use this form if there is a specific child identified prior to approval from whom you are seeking placement. Proof of identity (e.g. driver’s license, California State ID, etc.) Note: immigration status is not a reason for the county to deny placement of a child with a relative.

    Can I give practical parenting advice to new parents?

    EXTREMELY DIFFERENT. So, while I can’t give specific and practical advice to new parents, I can offer them (I mean WARN THEM) about many of the issues coming down the line. All 700+ of these parenting tips could be considered funny parenting advice for new parents.