About RFA Conversion

If you are a foster parent or relative caregiver who was certified or approved under the old processes and you have not completed the Resource Family Approval process, you will need to take steps to be converted to meet RFA standards by December 31, 2020 in order to continue to provide a home to children in foster care.

An RFA Conversion social worker will reach out to you to begin the conversion process if you were:

  • a licensed foster family
  • an approved relative
  • an approved NREFM

A licensed Foster Family Agency is responsible for your conversion if you were:

  • a certified foster family

There is nothing you need to do proactively to begin this transition. However, the information below can help you understand what to expect.

Conversion Requirements

The conversion requirements for existing caregivers depend on whether you have completed an adoption home study.

 

If you are a Licensed Foster Family, Approved Relative, or NREFM…

  1. You will submit the Conversion RFA Application (RFA 00A), and Conversion Release of Information (RFA 00). These forms allow DCFS to use your previous approval documentation to create a new RFA file.
  2. You will receive a background check.
  3. An RFA social worker will complete a family evaluation.
  4. DCFS will then issue you a certificate showing that you have been converted to Resource Family Approval.
  1. You will submit the Conversion Release of Information (RFA-00). This form allows DCFS to use your previous approval documentation to create a new RFA file.
  2. DCFS will then issue you a certificate showing that you have been converted to Resource Family Approval.

If you are a certified foster family…

  1. You must submit a Conversion RFA Application (LIC-00A)
  2. You will receive a background check.
  3. An RFA social worker will complete a family evaluation.
  4. DCFS will then issue you a certificate showing that you have been converted to Resource Family Approval.
  1. You will submit the Conversion Release of Information (LIC-00) to the CDSS Adoption Regional Office or licensed adoption agency.
  2. DCFS will then issue you a certificate showing that you have been converted to Resource Family Approval.

If you were granted legal guardianship of a child in foster care…

  • the foster case remains open after guardianship is established, and the case is not closed by December 31, 2020; or
  • the child has an open dependency case and you wish to accept placement of other children in your home; or
  • you wish to adopt the child over whom guardianship was approved, and you do not have an adoption home study that was completed prior to January 1, 2018
  • the guardianship is finalized and the dependency case has already been closed, as long as there are no other children in foster care in your home; or
  • the guardianship is finalized and the dependency case is currently open, as long as the dependency case is closed before December 31, 2020; or
  • you completed an adoption home study prior to January 1, 2018.

Child Placement If You Have Not Yet Converted

A licensed or certified foster parent who had a child in foster care in their home during 2017 may continue to accept new placements and receive funding under their existing license or certification without first completing the conversion process through December 31, 2010.

However, if you did not have a child placed with you at some point during 2017, your license or certification was forfeited as of January 1, 2018 and you must go through the RFA process before you can have a child in foster care in your home.

An approved relative caregiver or non-related extended family member who had a child placed with you during 2017 must begin the conversion process, either prior to a new child being placed with you or immediately after placement, if the child is placed in your home using the emergency placement or compelling reason process.

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