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Group Homes

Group homes provide the most restrictive out-of-home placement option for children in foster care. They provide a placement option for children with significant emotional or behavioral problems who require more restrictive environments. The licensed group home is defined as a facility of any capacity which provide 24-hour nonmedical care and supervision to children in a structured environment, with such services provided at least in part by staff employed by the licensee. Group homes run the gamut from large institutional type environments which provide an intense therapeutic setting, often called "residential treatment centers," to small home environments which incorporate a "house parent" model. As a result, group home placements provide various levels of structure, supervision and services.

Group homes may offer specific services targeted to a specific population of children or a range of services depending on the design of their program. These services include substance abuse, minor-parent (mothers and babies), infant programs, mental health treatment, vocational training, mental health day treatment, sex offenders, wards only, emancipation and reunification. Many programs provide more than one service and list their primary service function as reunification of children with the biological family. A high number also list their primary function as emancipation.

An overview of how AFDC-FC group home rates are established is available on the Foster Care Rates Bureau website. A listing of AFDC-FC group home rates is available at Rates Lists. Information pertaining to AFDC-FC group home program audits and rates is available on the website below.


Foster Care Audits and Rates Branch
744 P Street - M.S. 9-23
Sacramento, CA 95814