Financial Support

Foster Care Eligibility

Description

Foster Care Eligibility workers establish a child’s initial and on-going eligibility for cash and Medi-Cal assistance when the child requires substitute parenting on a temporary or permanent basis.

Children may be eligible to receive foster care funding when they are placed into out-of-home care by:
  • Court Order
  • Voluntary Placement
  • Relinquishment

Contact Information

For additional information, please call Foster Care Program Supervisors at (714) 704-8866 or (714) 704-8453.

Post-Adoption Assistance

Children adopted through the Orange County Social Services Agency are eligible for the Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) based on their history of dependency and special needs. 

AAP provides a monthly stipend, along with Medi-Cal, until the children reach the age of 18 (or, in some cases, the age of 21).

Adoptive parents may qualify for a federal tax credit for the adoption of an eligible, special needs child.  Adoptive parents may additionally qualify for a state tax credit for an adoptive child who was in the custody of a California public child welfare agency.

Wraparound services may be available to children and families in cases in which issues start to surface after the adoption has been finalized.  Wraparound services involve a team of professionals who provide intensive services to the adoptive family in an effort to stabilize the placement.

California Department of Social Services AAP: Where to Begin 

If you are interested in becoming a Resource Family, or have questions about Orange County Social Services Agency Adoptions, please contact:

  • The Foster & Adoption Parent Information Line, (888) 871-KIDS (1-888-871-5437), and register to attend an orientation.
  • The Adoption Officer of the Day, at (714) 704-8000, or via email, at adoption@ssa.ocgov.com