Florida Senate - 2020 SB 354 By Senator Montford 3-00111-20 2020354__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to child care subsidies for foster 3 parents; amending s. 409.145, F.S.; providing an early 4 education or child care subsidy for certain foster 5 parents; providing an effective date. 6 7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 8 9 Section 1. Subsection (4) of section 409.145, Florida 10 Statutes, is amended to read: 11 409.145 Care of children; quality parenting; “reasonable 12 and prudent parent” standard.—The child welfare system of the 13 department shall operate as a coordinated community-based system 14 of care which empowers all caregivers for children in foster 15 care to provide quality parenting, including approving or 16 disapproving a child’s participation in activities based on the 17 caregiver’s assessment using the “reasonable and prudent parent” 18 standard. 19 (4) FOSTER CARE ROOM AND BOARD RATES; ADDITIONAL SUBSIDY 20 FOR CHILD CARE EXPENSES.— 21 (a) Effective July 1, 2018, room and board rates shall be 22 paid to foster parents as follows: 23 24 Monthly Foster Care Rate 25 0-5 YearsAge 6-12 YearsAge 13-21 YearsAge 26 $457.95 $469.68 $549.74 27 (b) Each January, foster parents shall receive an annual 28 cost of living increase. The department shall calculate the new 29 room and board rate increase equal to the percentage change in 30 the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, U.S. City 31 Average, All Items, not seasonally adjusted, or successor 32 reports, for the preceding December compared to the prior 33 December as initially reported by the United States Department 34 of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The department shall make 35 available the adjusted room and board rates annually. 36 (c) Effective July 1, 2019, foster parents of level I 37 family foster homes, as defined in s. 409.175(5)(a), shall 38 receive a room and board rate of $333. 39 (d) Effective July 1, 2019, the foster care room and board 40 rate for level II family foster homes, as defined in s. 41 409.175(5)(a), shall be the same as the new rate established for 42 family foster homes as of January 1, 2019. 43 (e) Effective January 1, 2020, paragraph (b) shall only 44 apply to level II through level V family foster homes, as 45 defined in s. 409.175(5)(a). 46 (f) The amount of the monthly foster care room and board 47 rate may be increased upon agreement among the department, the 48 community-based care lead agency, and the foster parent. 49 (g) From July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, community 50 based care lead agencies providing care under contract with the 51 department shall pay a supplemental room and board payment to 52 foster care parents of all family foster homes, on a per-child 53 basis, for providing independent life skills and normalcy 54 supports to children who are 13 through 17 years of age placed 55 in their care. The supplemental payment shall be paid monthly to 56 the foster care parents in addition to the current monthly room 57 and board rate payment. The supplemental monthly payment shall 58 be based on 10 percent of the monthly room and board rate for 59 children 13 through 21 years of age as provided under this 60 section and adjusted annually. Effective July 1, 2019, such 61 supplemental payments shall only be paid to foster parents of 62 level II through level V family foster homes. 63 (h) In addition to the foster care room and board rate, a 64 foster parent who is required under s. 39.604 to place a child 65 in an early education or a child care program and who chooses a 66 program in which the state subsidy from an early learning 67 coalition under part VI of chapter 1002 is insufficient to pay 68 the full cost shall receive a payment of up to $300 per month to 69 pay the difference between the amount of the early learning 70 coalition subsidy and the full cost of the services. 71 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.