PLACEMENT SERVICES BUREAU: PROBATION FOSTER CARE SERVICES
In Los Angeles County youth enter the foster care system through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or the Probation Department. Youth must be declared ward of the court pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 602 before Probation becomes involved in placing the youth.
Placement Services Bureau (PSB) serves juvenile probationers whom the courts have ordered to be removed from home and suitably placed in either group homes, or in relative or non-relative care.
Generally youth receive this type of dispositional order after less restrictive court sanctions have not resolved the identified issues, and/or family and/or emotional problems play a role in the youth’s delinquency.
Youth are placed in environments best suited to meet their needs, which may include a smaller group home environment, a larger foster home facility, or a small family home. Youth may also benefit from outreach and prevention type services available through the foster care system designed to prevent their removal from home. Services may include Functional Family Therapy (FFT) (Click Here for More Information), Functional Family Probation (FFP) Supervision (Click Here for More Information), Wraparound Services (Click Here for More Information), Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) (Click Here for More Information), and Family Preservation (Click Here for More Information).
The Placement Services Bureau serves approximately 950 youth of which 860 are placed in group homes. Currently the Los Angeles County Probation Department contracts with 40 group home providers throughout Los Angeles and its neighboring counties, and an additional 10 non-contracted out-of-state providers to best serve our foster care population.
The Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Placement Services Bureau is comprised of the following sections:
Placement Administrative Services (PAS)
Provides administrative support services for cases in which the Delinquency Court orders a youth to suitable placement. PAS is critical in the initial placement of youth in foster care. PAS ensures appropriate processing of all necessary documentation to provide funding and services to youth from the time they are ordered to placement until the time the order is terminated or the youth completes the placement program, or the youth is reunited with their family.
Residential-Based Services (RBS)
Is responsible for case management and monitoring of youth ordered suitably placed by the Juvenile Court in placements. Seventy (70) RBS Deputy Probation Officers work with the youth and families to identify areas of strength and risk in order to develop appropriate case plan to ensure prompt reunification and/or permanency. The work preformed by RBS is mandated in large part through state and federal regulations, such as Division 31 of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
Prospective Authorization Utilization Review Unit (PAUR) and Out-Of-Home Screening Unit (OHS)
This unit serves as the single point of contact for DPOs to clear all out-of-home placement recommendations prior to the submission of the report to the court. This unit also assists DPOs with receipt and processing of referrals for community-based services (in lieu of out-of-home placement) such as Functional Family Therapy, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Family Preservation and Functional Family Probation.
Placement to Community Transition Services (PCTS)
Supports families as youth transition home from out-of-home care settings and provides intensive in-home supervision and treatment services utilizing Functional Family Probation (FFP) Supervision (Click Here for More Information) and/or Functional Family Therapy (FFT) (Click Here for More Information), and provides linkage to Wraparound Services (Click Here for More Information). PCTS also provides these services to youth ordered “Home on Probation” in an effort to prevent eventual out of home placement.
Youth Development Services (YDS) and Extended Foster Care (AB12)
Provides supportive services to transition age youth exiting foster care in an effort to provide foster care youth with the necessary skills, experiences, and assistance to ensure self-sufficiency, productivity and well-being. ( Click Here for More Information) ( www.ilponline.org )
Click Here for Youth Development Services-Independent Living Program’s (YDS-ILP) page
Youth who are on a suitable placement order at the time they turn 18 years old and who complete their probation may remain in foster care under a new jurisdiction also known as Transition Jurisdiction pursuant to WIC 450 until the age of 21 (Click Here for AB12 Program Information, Click Here for AB12 Housing Options Information, Click Here for AB12 SILP Information). Youth eligible for extended foster care benefits must be in the process of performing one of the five eligibility criteria:
- Enrolled in high school or equivalent program;
- Enrolled in college/vocational school;
- Work at least 80 hours/month;
- Participate in a program/activity that helps the youth find or removes barriers to employment;
- Able to do one of the above because of a medical or mental health condition.
Placement Permanency and Quality Assurance (PPQA)
This unit monitors Placement Bureau systems, including group homes to ensure the safety and stability of the youth while in an out-of-home care setting (Click Here for more information). PPQA ensures case management compliance through strategic and intensive case review process which consists of reviewing all Foster Care Status Review reports, assessments, visitation activities, permanency options, and concurrent planning efforts. In addition, PPQA is responsible for permanency planning through Family Finding, Adoptions and Legal Guardianship process.