Resource Family Conversion

Fact Sheet for Converting Families to RFA
Welcome

Welcome to the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), RFA Conversion fact sheet.

The benefits of RFA include:

  • A streamlined approval process which eliminates the duplication of previous processes.
  • Unifies approval standards for all caregivers, regardless of the child’s case plan.
  • Prepares families to better meet the needs of vulnerable children in the foster care system.
  • Allows seamless transition to permanency.  Once RFA approved the caregiver can pursue legal guardianship or adoption without needing another home study.
  • Allows approved relatives/NREFMs to care for children who are not related to them.

See here for a brochure about the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process process for existing caregivers.

About Us

Resource Family Approval (RFA) is a new family friendly, child-centered, caregiver approval process.  RFA replaces the approval processes for Licensed Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents and Relative Caregivers/Non-Related Extended Family Members (NREFMs) with a single unified process to approve all families who would like to care for DCFS supervised children.

What We Do

Current licensed foster parents and approved relative/non-related extended family member (NREFM) caregivers will need be converted to meet RFA standards by December 31, 2019 if they want to continue to care for DCFS children.  For families that do not already have a current, approved Adoption Home Study, a psychosocial assessment will need to be completed.  **Families who do not have a current adoption home study and do not have a child placed with them during the calendar year 2017 will need to participate in the full Resource Family Approval process if they want to continue to be eligible to care for DCFS children.  This will include training, a psychosocial assessment, background checks, and a home environment assessment.

Once converted to RFA, caregivers will be provided resources and support by a CSW assigned to each caregiver.  This support CSW will be responsible for conducting annual updates of the family as well as helping ensure that the family obtains the yearly training needed to maintain Resource Family Approval.  The Support CSW will also be responsible for assisting the family with capacity increases, relocations and evaluating new people in the resource home.

There is nothing you need to do at this time. A conversion social worker will be in contact with you to start the new conversion process

Getting Started

This matrix applies to all LA County Licensed Foster Family Homes and ASFA Approved Relatives/NREFMs

Circumstances Conversion Criteria
Licensed Foster Family or ASFA Approved Relative/NREFM with a current, approved adoption home study
  1. Family will complete form RFA 00 – Conversion Release of Information, which is a one page form that allows DCFS to use the family’s previous approval documentation to create the new RFA file.
  2. DCFS will issue the family a certificate showing the family has been converted to Resource Family Approval
Licensed Foster Family or ASFA Approved Relative without an approved adoption home study who have had a placement at any time during calendar year 2017
  1. Family will complete form RFA 00 – Conversion Release of Information, which is a one page form that allows DCFS to use the family’s previous approval documentation to create the new RFA file.
  2. DCFS conversion social worker will conduct a psychosocial assessment with the family.
  3. DCFS will issue the family a certificate showing the family has been converted to Resource Family Approval
Licensed Foster Family or ASFA Approved Relative/NREFM who have not had a placement at any time during calendar year 2017 The family will need to participate in the full Resource Family Approval process if they want to continue to be eligible to care for DCFS children.  This will include training, a psychosocial assessment, background checks, and a home environment assessment.
How to Contact Us

If you have any questions please contact our Kinship Support Line at (626) 430-3226