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Level of Care/CFT

04/19/2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Chula Vista, Rancho Del Rey

Type of Class

Instructors:  Child Welfare Services Social Worker

California’s Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), set to improve outcomes for children and families, is guided by the principle that all children deserve to live with a committed, nurturing, and permanent family. Two changes from CCR that impact families and caregivers include Child and Family Teams (CFTs) and Level of Care (LOC) rate determinations.

A CFT meeting brings together people who care about the family and can provide expertise and support during and after the family’s CWS involvement. A CFT meeting is held to ensure that the best possible decisions and plans are made regarding the youth’s placement and family’s services. CFTs utilize shared decision making – a collaborative, client-centered, group decision making process that empowers youth, families, and supports, together with CWS, to set goals and priorities, to develop and agree to support individualized plans, taking input from all team members, that meet the needs, and are in the best interest of, the youth and family.


LOC replaces the age-based payment system and implements an assessment of a youth’s needs and the caregiver’s efforts to meet those needs, in order to determine the monthly rate caregivers will be paid while having a youth in their care.  The protocol consists of five domains that cover the primary care and supervision needs of the child/youth (i.e. Physical, Behavioral, Educational, Health, and Permanency/Family Services).


Come hear an overview of these processes to learn what the caregiver’s role is within the CFT and the rate determination process and to discuss how social workers and caregivers can work together to enhance youth safety, permanency, and well-being.