Foster Parent Recruitment, Retention, and Support Funding Opportunity (FPRRS)

Background
Prior to 2011, the California Department of Social Servicers (CDSS) allocated funds annually to individual counties for the purpose of recruiting foster caregivers. These funds, along with funding for other child welfare activities, were realigned to counties in 2011.  In 2015, to address an anticipated increase in the needed number of caregivers resulting from the implementation of the Continuum of Care Reform effort, the CDSS initiated a time-limited, multi-year augmentation of realigned recruitment funds, known as FPRRS.  In addition to providing supplemental funding for the purpose of recruiting, retaining, and supporting foster caregivers, FPRRS also enacted a significant revision of the process by which this kind of funding was received by counties.  The Budget Act of 2015 included examples of allowable expenditures for FPRRS funds, which were later codified in W&IC section 16003.5(a) by AB 403 (Chapter 773, Statutes of 2015), making them applicable to all future FPRRS funding provided by the CDSS.  This augmentation was initially scheduled to end after fiscal year 2018-19; however, counties can continue to use realigned funds for recruitment, retention, and support purposes.

The examples of allowable activities include:

    • Staffing to provide and improve direct services and supports to licensed foster family homes, approved resource families, and relative caregivers and to remove any barriers in those areas defined as priorities in the county implementation plan and subsequent reports on outcomes
    • Exceptional child needs not covered by the caregiver-specific rate that would normalize the child’s experience, stabilize the placement, or enhance the child’s well-being 
    • Child care for licensed foster parents, approved resource families, and relative caregivers 
    • Intensive relative finding, engagement, and navigation efforts.
    • Emerging technological, evidence-informed or other nontraditional approaches to outreach to potential foster family homes, resource families, and relatives.

Because these examples are not exhaustive, counties have the flexibility to develop and implement a wide range of recruitment, retention, and support activities using FPRRS funds.

Plans and Reports

To receive FPRRS funds for each year, Child Welfare Departments and Probation Departments are required to submit to the CDSS plans which outline activities and/or strategies that are proposed to be undertaken using those funds.  Each Department that received an allocation must report out annually on how the funds were spent.  These submissions can be made separately or jointly.  The plan and report submissions are listed below, sorted by year and county. 


For Additional Information:

Foster Caregiver Policy and Support Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-13-78  
Sacramento, CA 95814  
(916) 651-7465
kinship.care@dss.ca.gov


Contact Us

Foster Caregiver Policy and Support Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-13-78  
Sacramento, CA 95814  
(916) 651-7465
kinship.care@dss.ca.gov