Option Licensed or Approved
Additional Supportive Services
Monthly foster care payment
Monthly Infant Supplement for parenting youth
Shared Responsibility Plan for parenting youth
Specialized Care Increment for special needs youth
Relative or Non-Related Extended Family Member (NREFM)

Approved

No

Yes, caregiver receives it ($ varies)


Yes, caregiver receives it ($411/month/child)


Yes

Yes

Family Foster Home (including whole family homes & regional center homes)

Licensed

No

Yes, caregiver receives it ($ varies)

Yes, caregiver receives it ($411/month/child)

Yes

Yes

Foster Family Agency (FFA) certified home

Licensed

Yes

Yes, caregiver receives it ($ varies)

Yes, caregiver receives it ($411/month/child)

No

No

THP-Plus Foster Care (THP+FC)

Licensed

Yes

Yes, THP+FC provider receives it ($2,284 - 2,871/month)

Yes, caregiver receives it ($411/month/child)

No

No

Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)

Approved

No

Yes, you or payee receives it ($820/month)

Yes, caregiver receives it ($411/month/child)

No

No

Group Home

Licensed

Yes

($ varies)

($890/month/child)

No

No

 

New limitations for Group Homes:

The California Fostering Connections to Success Act allows a youth to remain in a group home placement after age 18 and up to age 19 in order to promote educational stability. After the youth graduates from high school or an equivalent program (i.e. GED) or turns age 19, continuation in a group home is prohibited unless it is necessary due to a medical condition.

There are limited circumstances where a youth can remain in a group home after either completing high school or turning 19.

  • First, if the NMD has a medical or mental health condition and remaining in that home serves as a short‐term placement until a more long‐term housing option is found.
  • Second, if a youth is getting treatment services to alleviate a medical condition and qualifies for extended foster care under the removing barriers to employment participation condition, s/he can still continue in a group home under condition #5, “medical condition.”

The fact that a youth qualifies by doing an activity to remove a barrier to employment, like seeking treatment through a substance abuse program, does not mean that they cannot be eligible for group home placement after age 19 and graduation due to a medical condition. Lastly, treatment strategies at the group home should prepare the youth for independent or less restrictive living to prepare for life after exiting foster care. Even if the youth has a medical condition, remaining in a group home should be a short‐term option until a more appropriate and permanent placement can be found.

THP-Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) is a licensed supervised placement available to youth in extended foster care, ages 18 to 21. It is modeled after the existing THP‐Plus program for non‐dependents, and provides youth with housing and supportive services in an age‐appropriate setting.

For more information on THP+FC, click here

The Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) is a new placement option for youth in extended foster care. A SILP may include apartment living, room and board arrangements, college dorms and shared roommate settings.

For more information on the SILP, click here