In 1989, the State of California implemented the Parental Fee Program. It requires that parents of children under the age of 18 who live outside of the family home shall be assessed for a parental fee based on their ability to pay as determined by an income assessment completed by the State Department of Developmental Services.
Who Is Required to Participate?
The Parental Fee Program only applies to families that meet the following criteria:
Your child is an active client of the regional center
Your child is age birth through 17 years old
Your child receives a 24-hour out-of-home services purchased with State funds through a regional center
How Is The Parental Fee Determined?
The Parental Fee is determined by the Department of Developmental Services. Families with incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Level will not be liable for Parental Fee. Fees are scaled to the gross annual family income, the number of persons dependent on the income and the age of the child in placement.
How Will Family Pay the Parental Fee?
Once a Parental Fee has been assessed by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) the fee will be paid to the State Treasury. The DDS will instruct each family as to the amount and the due date of the payment. The regional center does not receive the payment.