The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is accusing the Department of Social Services of violating the Child Welfare Act by not providing sufficient funds for foster family agencies. The group filed a lawsuit last week in San Francisco, following a previous court decision that allotted foster group homes more money.
The Child Welfare Act says that the state and federal governments must share the cost of foster care with the Foster Family Agencies (FFAs), which oversees the state's 16,000 dependent children and wards of the state.
And like almost every other state agency, FFAs have been hit hard financially, and having no increase in funding over the last decade has made matters worse.
“The state is the deadbeat parent of the year,” said Jay Berlin, executive director and founder of Alternative Family Services, an FFA.