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Emergency Child Care Bridge Policy

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Emergency Child Care Pilot Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) recently embarked upon a pilot program to secure child care services – immediately or within a few days of child placement – for resource families accepting foster children between the ages of 0-5 years into their homes. Need for Emergency Child Care (ECC) With the increased number of children 0-5 years removed from their custodial parent's home, there is increasing concern about the reluctance of foster families, relatives and non-relative extended family members – known as resource parents – to take in these young children when placement is needed. We have identied two main barriers to timely foster care placement of children 0-5: 1) Lack of access to immediate child care services 2) Lack of funding for child care at the time of emergency removal Pilot Program Design The ECC pilot ocially began with the development of roles and responsibilities, systems for referral and cross training of partner sta. CCRC and DCFS partnered to develop this "proof of concept" to meet the following objectives: 1) Place ve children 0-5 and their siblings in child care 2) Provide enhanced child care referrals to child care providers within the vicinity of the resource family's home or place of employment, funded by DCFS 3) Assist the resource family in securing subsidized child care for which the child or resource parent is eligible 4) Assist the birth family in the continuity of child care upon reunication 5) Recruit and train child care providers in trauma informed care and the impact of trauma on young children and their families 6) Coach child care providers to manage the behavior of children during the transition to a new child care setting Pilot Program Process C h i l d S a f e t y , W e l l - b e i n g a n d P e r m a n e n c y Child Care Provider CCRC Navigator CCRC Coach DCFS DCFS Sta creates a referral for a resource parent in need of child care for their newly placed child CCRC Navigator identies and secures a child care provider for the child Child Care Provider receives referral; space is lled Coach reviews child information and supports child care provider

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