Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC)

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Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC)


Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Program

The Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) Program is a new program administered by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) which extends cash aid benefits to relative caregivers who provide care for children who are ineligible to receive federal Foster Care benefits otherwise known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC).

These relative caregivers can receive an ARC payment on behalf of the child which is equal to the current foster care rate which ranges based on the child’s age as follows:

Age

Amount

Birth to four years of age

$671

Five to eight years of age

$726

Nine to 11 years of age

$764

12 to 14 years of age

$800

15 to 20 years of age

$838

 

DCFS will conduct the ARC eligibility determination for each non-federally eligible child and issue the ARC payment.

If you would like more information about the ARC Program, you can access the DCFS ARC website http://lacdcfs.org/ARCWeb/index.html or call the DCFS hotline telephone number at 800-697-4444.

 

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