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Learn more about the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children

Learn more about the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children

The Bridge Program aims to increase the number of foster children successfully placed in home-based family care settings, increase capacity of child care programs to meet the needs of foster children in their care, and maximize funding to support the child care needs of eligible families.

One of the primary barriers for potential families seeking to take in a foster child is the lack of access to child care immediately following the removal of the child. 

Child care programs and providers serving children in the Bridge Program shall be provided with trauma-informed care  training and coaching. Senate Bill (SB) 89 allocates $15.5 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 for the Bridge Program commencing January 1, 2018. 

The Bridge Program consist of the following three components: 

  1. Emergency child care voucher
  2. Child care navigator
  3. Trauma-informed care training and coaching

Open the All County Letter 17 109 to find additional information. 

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