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SB 354

Title: Public social services.
Author: Nancy Skinner

Summary
SB 354, Skinner. Public social services. Existing law authorizes, in certain circumstances, a child who has been removed from their parent or guardian to be placed with a relative or nonrelative extended family member if the relative or nonrelative extended family member is either an approved resource family or has been assessed by a county social worker or a county probation agency and, among other things, the relative or nonrelative extended family member has not been convicted of a crime for which a criminal record exemption cannot be granted, has been granted a criminal record exemption, or, in certain circumstances, a criminal record exemption is pending.This bill would, notwithstanding those provisions, authorize the court to order placement with a relative, regardless of the status of any criminal exemption or resource family approval, if the court finds that the placement does not pose a risk to the health and safety of the child. The bill would require the county welfare department, if the sole issue preventing an emergency placement of a child with a relative or nonrelative extended family member is a lack of resources, to use reasonable efforts to assist the relative or nonrelative extended family member in obtaining the necessary items. By imposing new duties of county welfare departments, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law establishes the Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Program (ARC) for the purpose of making the amount paid to relative caregivers for the in-home care of children placed with them who are ineligible for Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care program (AFDC-FC) payments equal to the amount paid on behalf of children who are eligible for AFDC-FC payments. Existing law also provides financial support to emergency caregivers with a pending resource family approval application who have a child placed in their home who is ineligible for AFDC-FC payments. Existing law requires a county to pay an approved relative caregiver or an emergency caregiver a per child per month rate that is equal to the basic rate paid to foster care providers and that is funded, in part, through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program.This bill would expand eligibility for ARC to include relatives with whom a child is authorized to be placed by the court, as described above, when the placement is ineligible for emergency caregiver financial support or AFDC-FC payments due to the denial of resource family approval. The bill would also expand eligibility for emergency caregiver financial support to include emergency caregivers who had a child placed with them pursuant to additional provisions of law. By expanding county duties relative to these funding programs, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law subjects foster care provider applicants, resource family applicants, and certain other adults in those homes, to a criminal records check and requires the applicant or other adult in the applicant’s home to obtain a criminal record clearance or criminal record exemption prior to licensure or approval. Existing law prohibits the State Department of Social Services or other approving entity from granting a criminal record exemption to an applicant or other adult in the applicant’s home who has been convicted of certain felonies. With regard to an applicant or other adult in the applicant’s home who has been convicted of a crime other than those for which an exemption cannot be granted, existing law either authorizes or requires, depending on the crime for which an applicant or other adult in the applicant’s home has been convicted, the department or other approving entity to grant an exemption if, among other things, the applicant or other adult in the applicant’s home is of present good character, as specified.This bill would instead limit the convictions for which an exemption can

Status
Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print. 02/09/2021
From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 12. 02/10/2021
Referred to Coms. on HUMAN S. and JUD. 02/17/2021
Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with. 02/22/2021
(Ayes 32. Noes 4.) 02/22/2021
Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 32. Noes 4. Page 272.) 02/22/2021
Set for hearing March 23. 03/09/2021
March 23 hearing postponed by committee. 03/23/2021
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HUMAN S. 03/25/2021
Set for hearing April 6. 03/26/2021
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 4. Noes 0. Page 685.) (April 6). Re-referred to Com. on JUD. 04/07/2021
Set for hearing April 27. 04/13/2021
From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0. Page 935.) (April 27). 04/28/2021
Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR. 04/29/2021
Set for hearing May 10. 05/04/2021
May 10 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file. 05/10/2021
Set for hearing May 20. 05/14/2021
From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 1188.) (May 20). 05/20/2021
Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading. 05/20/2021
Read second time. Ordered to third reading. 05/24/2021
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 1281.) Ordered to the Assembly. 05/28/2021
In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk. 05/28/2021
Referred to Coms. on HUM. S. and JUD. 06/03/2021
June 16 hearing postponed by committee. 06/08/2021
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S. 06/23/2021
Coauthors revised. 07/01/2021
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 30). Re-referred to Com. on JUD. 07/01/2021
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (July 6). Re-referred to Com. on APPR. 07/07/2021
August 26 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file. 08/26/2021
From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (August 26). 08/26/2021
Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading. 08/30/2021
Read second time. Ordered to third reading. 08/31/2021
Read third time and amended. 09/01/2021
Ordered to third reading. 09/01/2021
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 49. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Senate. 09/10/2021
In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending. 09/10/2021
Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 37. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling. 09/10/2021
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m. 09/15/2021

Bill Documents
SB 354 - Enrolled
09/14/21 - SB 354 (Enrolled)


SB 354 - Senate Floor Analyses
09/10/21 - SB 354 (Senate Floor Analyses)

SB 354 - Assembly Floor Analysis
09/01/21 - SB 354 (Assembly Floor Analysis)

SB 354 - Amended Assembly
09/01/21 - SB 354 (Amended Assembly)

SB 354 - Assembly Floor Analysis
08/31/21 - SB 354 (Assembly Floor Analysis)

SB 354 - Amended Assembly
08/30/21 - SB 354 (Amended Assembly)

SB 354 - Assembly Appropriations
08/23/21 - SB 354 (Assembly Appropriations)

SB 354 - Assembly Judiciary
07/02/21 - SB 354 (Assembly Judiciary)

SB 354 - Assembly Human Services
06/29/21 - SB 354 (Assembly Human Services)

SB 354 - Amended Assembly
06/23/21 - SB 354 (Amended Assembly)

SB 354 - Senate Floor Analyses
05/25/21 - SB 354 (Senate Floor Analyses)

SB 354 - Senate Appropriations
05/20/21 - SB 354 (Senate Appropriations)

SB 354 - Amended Senate
05/20/21 - SB 354 (Amended Senate)

SB 354 - Senate Appropriations
05/07/21 - SB 354 (Senate Appropriations)

SB 354 - Amended Senate
04/29/21 - SB 354 (Amended Senate)

SB 354 - Senate Judiciary
04/23/21 - SB 354 (Senate Judiciary)

SB 354 - Senate Human Services
04/02/21 - SB 354 (Senate Human Services)

SB 354 - Amended Senate
03/25/21 - SB 354 (Amended Senate)

SB 354 - Senate Human Services
03/19/21 - SB 354 (Senate Human Services)

SB 354 - Introduced
02/09/21 - SB 354 (Introduced)

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    Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-CA)
    State Senate

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