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Web Resources and Publications


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to the health of all children from infancy to young adulthood. Policy statements, publications, clinical practice guidelines, clinical and technical reports regarding pediatrics are available on this website. Specific policy statements on Foster Care include Health Care of Young Children in Foster Care and Health Care for Children and Adolescents in the Juvenile Correctional Care System.
  • California Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal Eligibility Branch
    All County Welfare Directors Letters (ACWDLs) and Medi-Cal Eligibility Branch Information Letters (MEBILs) are available on this website.
  • California Department of Mental Health
    The California Department of Mental Health has oversight responsibility for public mental health budgets, staff positions and services. It provides a system of leadership for state and local county mental health departments, system oversight, evaluation and monitoring and administration of federal funds. Community mental health services, laws and regulations, publications, county administrators and provider information are available on this website.
  • California Mental Health Directors Association
    The California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) has partnered with ValueOptions to provide specialty mental health services to children (ages 0-18) placed in out-of-county group, foster home, or kinship placements, and adoption assistance programs. The intent is to better meet the specialty mental health needs for these children, including linguistic and cultural needs, while simplifying the process for practitioners.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.



  • Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 16501.3 (a) through (e).
    The State Budget Act of 1999 appropriated State General Funds to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) for the purpose increasing the use of PHNs in meeting the health care needs of children in foster care. The enabling legislation for the HCPCFC is Assembly Bill 1111.


Policy Letters




Social Services

  • California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
    CDSS's mission "is to serve, aid, and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence." Program-specific websites which may be of use to health care providers serving children in foster care include: Children and Family Services Division, Community Care Licensing Division, Foster Care Ombudsman Program, and Research and Development Division.
  • Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children, and the Courts (CFCC)
    CFCC is dedicated to improving the quality of justice and services to meet the diverse needs of children, youth, families, and self-represented litigants in the California courts. CFCC resources include case law, rules and forms, publications, self-help, grants, and calendar.
  • California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
    DDS provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and related conditions.
  • University of California, Berkeley, Center for Social Science Research
    The Center for Social Services Research conducts research, policy analysis and program planning, and evaluation directed toward improving the public social services. The Center conducts research and develops reports on foster care for the California Department of Social Services.
  • Child Welfare League of America
    The Child Welfare League of America is a national, nonprofit organization committed to developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America’s children and strengthen America’s families. Programs, publication, conferences, training sessions and legislative reports are available on this website.


Last modified on: 8/28/2014 1:28 PM