Agenda Item   



                                                                                                                        ASR Control  23-000933




legal entity taking action:

Board of Supervisors

board of supervisors district(s):

All Districts

SUBMITTING Agency/Department:

Social Services Agency   (Approved)

Department contact person(s):

An Tran (714) 541-7708 



Kristina Traw (714) 245-6049



Subject:  Accept and Approve Allocation for Complex Care Capacity Building


     ceo CONCUR

County Counsel Review

Clerk of the Board






3 Votes Board Majority




    Budgeted: N/A

Current Year Cost:  N/A

Annual Cost: N/A




    Staffing Impact:


# of Positions:           

Sole Source:   N/A

    Current Fiscal Year Revenue: $1,035,000

   Funding Source:    State 100% (Grant Award)

County Audit in last 3 years: No

   Levine Act Review Completed: N/A


    Prior Board Action:         3/14/2023 #35




Authorize the Social Services Agency Director or designee to accept the Grant Award for the Complex Care Capacity Building maximum allocation amount of $1,035,000, for the term commencing upon Board of Supervisors’ approval through June 30, 2026, and to execute any agreement or documents necessary to receive and administer the Grant Award.







Approval of the grant acceptance will allow the Social Services Agency to increase the capacity to care for foster children and youth in home-based settings, lessen placement disruption and increase the knowledge base and support of caregivers.






The Social Services Agency (SSA) is requesting the Board of Supervisor’s (Board) approval of the grant award for the Complex Care Capacity Building Proposal’s Caregiver Support and Engagement component for a maximum allocation amount of $1,035,000.


The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) released All County Letter (ACL) 21-143 on November 16, 2021, notifying counties of $43 million of available funding appropriated in the 2021 state budget to build system capacity and support the urgent and ongoing needs of children and Non-Minor Dependents in foster care and under the supervision of a county child welfare agency or probation department.


To access funding and identify capacity gaps, SSA completed CDSS’ self-evaluation survey in consultation with the System of Care AB 2083 Interagency Leadership Team members that has representation from the Health Care Agency, Probation Department, Orange County Department of Education, and Regional Center of Orange County. The grant proposal developed in response to the self-evaluation is intended to increase the local capacity to care for foster children and youth of all levels of need who are in home-based settings, lessen placement disruption and increase the knowledge base and support of caregivers.


On March 14, 2023, the Board approved the grant application in the amount of $2,384,097. The application comprised three total components, including the caregiver support and engagement component in the amount of $1.035 million. SSA submitted the application by the due date of June 30, 2023, and on August 8, 2023, the state approved $1.035 million to develop and maintain ongoing caregiver support and engagement services. The deadline to spend the funds is June 30, 2026. The other two components are still pending state approval and will be brought to the Board at a later date.


Some of the services that will be provided include:


Trust-Based Relational Intervention Coaching to caregivers, including one-on-one direct in-home coaching 


Access to staff trained in conflict resolution and de-escalation


Education to caregivers pertaining directly to the needs of youth in their care


Direct and indirect mentorship


General ongoing support, including phone calls, emails, texts, and in-person contacts


Direct childcare when the caregiver is attending classes, trainings or events related to foster care and/or the specific youth they are fostering


Assistance for caregivers in identifying and building a strong and effective network of support






Revenues will be absorbed in Budget Control 063, Social Services Agency FY 2023-24 Budget and will be included in the budgeting process for future years.










Attachment A – All County Letter No. 21-143
Attachment B – Assembly Bill 153 and Welfare and Institutions Code 16001.1