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File #: 21-0705    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 4/21/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 5/18/2021 Final action: 5/18/2021
Title: Health and Human Services Agency, Child Welfare Services, recommending the Board proclaim the month of May 2021 as “National Foster Care Month” in the County of El Dorado. FUNDING: N/A
Attachments: 1. A - 2021 National Foster Care Month Proclamation, 05-18-2021, 2. B - County Human Services Page, 3. Executed Proclamation
Related files: 19-0471, 14-0585, 18-0626
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Health and Human Services Agency, Child Welfare Services, recommending the Board proclaim the month of May 2021 as “National Foster Care Month” in the County of El Dorado.

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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND:
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued the first Presidential proclamation that established May as National Foster Care Month. In the County of El Dorado, the Child Welfare Services program serves close to 400 foster children annually. The County has celebrated National Foster Care Month since 2007, acknowledging and thanking those families and community service providers who make it possible to improve the lives of foster children.

In June 2012, the State of California passed Senate Bill (SB) 1013 (Chapter 35, Statutes of 2012), which realigned adoption services from the State to the counties, and deleted the requirement for the State to act as an adoption agency in counties that are not served by county adoption agencies. SB 1013 revised child welfare provisions relating to family preservation and support services, including requiring counties to expend funds for these activities in a manner that will maximize eligibility for financial participation under the federal Promoting Safe and Stable Families program.

In 2015, the State passed Assembly Bill 403 which provided for the transition of foster care and adoption practices to shift the terminology used with respect to foster care to describe “resource families” as “home-based family care.” These families must parent and nurture vulnerable, traumatized children in emergencies, through transitions and crises, and sometimes make them a permanent part of their own families. These families are inclusive of related or unrelated caregivers who are approved to foster, adopt, or take guardianship of children in foster care, regardless of whether they are approved by a public or private agency.

There is an overwhelming need for individuals, families, and communities to become involved as ...

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