DFPS Releases Rider 24 Report – Utilizing Appropriate Levels of Care for Children in Foster Care

As required by the 86th Legislature, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has released a report regarding its implementation plan focused on ensuring appropriate placement of children in foster care. The report highlights the number of children in different care settings along with the payments and costs for the different levels of care.

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A couple highlights:

As of Oct. 15, 2020, there are 86 active Treatment Family Foster Care foster homes across the three child placing agencies that have contracts to provide this level of service. A total of 64 children have been placed in these homes. The focus of Treatment Family Foster Care is to keep children in the least-restrictive and most family-like setting possible, while still providing intensive therapeutic services.

Additionally, as of August 2020, there was a record number of 5,250 children in placements overseen by a Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC). This number reflects the cumulative number of children served in the four areas of the state currently under contract for Community-Based Care: Regions 1, 2, 3, and 8A.