A LETTER FROM THE COUNTY

Resource Family Approval (RFA) is a state mandated shift in foster care programming that will begin in Napa County in January 2017. RFA is designed to create a unified, family friendly and child-centered process that standardizes approval standards and increases training and ongoing support for all homes providing care for children. All families taking placements will be considered Resource Families and there will no longer be the separate labels of relative, NREFM or county foster homes. The RFA process will be sensitive to the individual needs of the children and families we serve while supporting a high quality level of permanency and care. There will be supports in place and resources available for caregivers who are valued partners in the care of children.

What is Resource Family Approval?

Resource Family Approval is a method of approving care providers to become foster, adopt and/or provide legal guardianship for related or unrelated children or youth in the care of the child welfare system or probation department. RFA creates a platform for all Resource Families to receive the same information, training and opportunity for support.

What is a Resource Family?

A Resource Family incorporates the terms of foster parent, relative caregiver, adoptive parent, guardian and relative/non-relative extended family member. Rather than going through multiple processes such as foster care licensing, relative approval and/or an adoption assessment, a Resource Family goes through one process and once approved, may provide care for a related or unrelated court dependent or ward on a short term or long term basis.

Next steps for Napa County

  • The Napa County Licensing Team is excited to be partnering with the current foster parents, relatives, and Non-Related Extended Family Members (NREFM) to identify strengths and gaps in the current Foster Care Licensing structure and will use this feedback to develop RFA programming to meet our community’s needs.
  • Specific RFA training will be offered in 2016 to incoming foster and relative caregivers in an effort to have new foster/relative care providers certified as RFA homes prior to the January 2017 roll-out.
  • A plan to convert all current licensed foster homes and relative/NREFM homes to RFA homes is still in development.
This is a very general overview of RFA and the changes ahead. The Napa County Licensing Team wants to spread the word of RFA. The Licensing Team will be in touch with more information and opportunities regarding training, participation in focus groups and soliciting feedback from you – OUR RESOURCE FAMILIES!

We are here and we want to work with YOU! We are excited about the changes coming and we know that we have incredibly committed resource families who have important information to help us as we move into 2017.

This is a very general overview of RFA and the changes ahead. The Napa County Licensing Team wants to spread the word of RFA. The Licensing Team will be in touch with more information and opportunities regarding training, participation in focus groups and soliciting feedback from you – OUR RESOURCE FAMILIES!

We are here and we want to work with YOU! We are excited about the changes coming and we know that we have incredibly committed resource families who have important information to help us as we move into 2017.

Thank you for your patience as we make these changes. We know that you have been patient as we have had staff and program changes. Please let us know how we can support you in this process. Thank you for your patience as we make these changes. We know that you have been patient as we have had staff and program changes. Please let us know how we can support you in this process.
– The Napa County Licensing Team –
If you have questions, please contact Nancy Lefler-Panela with Napa County Licensing, (707) 299-2135, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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