Changes for Resource Families: Level of Care Rate Protocol
31st of January 2018
One thing in life we can be certain of is change. Trinity Youth Services constantly adjusts to changes in policy and adapts to the needs of families served.
The State of California has implemented a new resource family compensation system for caring for foster youth. It is called the Level of Care (LOC) Rate Protocol and the adjustment departs from the age-based rate, to a strengths-based approach which supports a rate for caregivers.
LOC is a State of California legislative mandate that aims to improve and standardize home-based family care (HBFC) rate structures and fully align with Continuum of Care Reform (CCR). It is a strength-based methodology designed to identify the individual care and supervision needs of a child. All placements will be impacted by this new rate structure which is comprised of five core domains spanning across five levels of care.
The Core Domains:
- Permanency/Family Services
The Physical Domain are activities designed to meet the child’s individual daily living needs. The Behavioral/Emotional Domain are activities that promote resilience and well-being and encourage pro-social behavior. The Educational Domain are activities that foster student achievement and educational success. The Health Domain are activities that promote the child’s physical health. The Permanency/Family Services Domain are activities that promote visitation with the birth family, communication, identification and maintenance of life long connections with either biological connections or non-biological connections.
Partial implementation began on December 1, 2017 and the next phase begins March 1, 2018. Trinity Youth Services continually keeps families informed on changes that are important to their success. Look for more news to come about LOC as its full implementation nears.
Jackie Jakob, Foster Care and Adoptions Director
Having over 20 years’ experience, Jackie currently oversees Trinity Youth Services’ operations of foster care and adoptions programs throughout Southern California and in Houston, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in law and society from University of California Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in social work from California State University Long Beach and recently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children attending various baseball, softball and judo meets. She is on the parent board for a judo dojo and is one of the troop leaders for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Additionally, she really enjoys running half marathons and aims to run 4 to 5 races each year.
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