By Sacramento County, SacCounty News, January 9, 2020
To recruit more loving families for children in foster care, Sacramento County is making it easier to find and afford childcare services for resource families. The Emergency Child Care Bridge Program’s goal is to increase the number of resource families for children in foster care by helping families find the right child care provider, connecting families to long-term child care subsidies, and by providing vouchers to pay for childcare for up to six months. The vouchers help ensure that a resource family has adequate support to balance work and home lives along with providing a smoother transition when welcoming a child into the home.
“There are new and exciting things coming to the Bridge Program in 2020,” said Gloria Bedford, Human Services Program Planner. “The program is receiving an additional $750,000 from the California Department of Social Services that will go directly to child care vouchers to help more resource parents pay for daycare and help to stabilize foster placements more quickly.”
From its inception in May 2018 through October 2019, the program in Sacramento County served 190 families who were fostering 264 children and issued $1,165,230 in vouchers to resource families.