Caregiver Pandemic Assistance Payment

Have you heard about the Caregiver Pandemic Assistance (CPA) payment? It is a one time, direct payment to caregivers who cared for a child or non-minor dependent between March 19, 2020 and June 15, 2021. It was made possible by the Senate Bill 129 (California Budget Act of 2021). Caregivers who received aid on behalf of a child or youth during this time period are eligible for this payment.

The CPA was created to provide supplemental foster care or Kin-Gap financial assistance to caregivers for their additional responsibilities during the early stages of the COVID-19 emergency. The CPA payment is not considered income to the caregiver.

Payments are made via prepaid debit cards. For caregivers who only had individual placements that were 29 days or less, the maximum payment is capped at $1,001. For caregivers who had at least one individual placement of 30 days or more and additional individual placements, the total maximum payment is capped at $5,000.

The California Department of Social Services is coordinating the payments. No action is needed on the part of the caregivers.

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