Per DECAL, in order to be eligible to receive CAPS, a child must be a U.S. citizen, or have established U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) status as a lawfully admitted qualified alien. This can be found in CAPS policy, section 6.5 under Eligibility Requirements by clicking here. This policy is based on federal requirements that prohibit Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) monies from being expended for the care of children that don’t meet these citizenship requirements.
Last week, GCCA sent an alert advising providers that if they accept undocumented children, they do so at their own risk. Several GCCA members sent emails asking what the definition of an undocumented child is because so many foster children are being placed in care without valid certificates. This is to clarify the previous alert.