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Parents of children placed in foster care do not assign their support rights. When a child is placed in foster care, his/her support rights are automatically assigned to the state under law. Support that is collected and in excess of the aid paid for a foster care child is placed in trust or used in the best interest of the child as determined by the county Welfare Department.
Regardless of whether you agree or not, support rights are assigned by operation of law when you and /or your child(ren) receive CalWORKS and/or MediCal. If you do not agree to assign your support rights you will not get any CalWORKS money or MediCal benefits for yourself. Your child(ren) will still be able to get a smaller CalWORKS grant and MediCal, but instead of sending the check to you, the county may have another person manage the payments to meet your child(ren)`s needs.
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