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 Resource Family Approval/Quality Parenting Initiative

Resource Family Approval (RFA)

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

  • Is streamlined: It eliminates the duplication of existing processes.
  • 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.
  • Prepares families to better meet the needs of vulnerable children in the foster care system.
  • Allows seamless transition to permanency.

    Resource Family Approval Tool Kit

    For more information, please contact Nancy Lefler-Panela at (707) 299-2135 or by email.

    Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI)

    The Quality Parenting Initiative is an approach to strengthening foster care, by refocusing on excellent parenting for all children in the child welfare system. When parents can't care for their children, the foster or relative family must be able to provide the loving, committed, skilled care that the child needs, while working effectively with the system to achieve the best possible permanency option for that child. When QPI is successful, caregivers have a voice, not only in issues that affect the children they are caring for, but also in the way the system treats children and families. Caregivers, agency staff and birth parents work as a team to support children and youth. Caregivers receive the support and training they need to work with children and families and know what is expected as well as what to expect. Systems are then able to select and retain enough excellent caregivers to meet the needs of each child for a home and family.

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