Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Human Services Agency



November 6, 2003


November 18, 2003



Honorable Board of Supervisors


Maureen D. Borland, Director, Human Services Agency

Stuart Oppenheim, Director, Northern Region


Agreement with Edgewood Center for Children and Families



Adopt a Resolution authorizing:

    1. A waiver for the Request for Proposal process; and

    2. Execution of an Agreement with Edgewood Center for Children and Families in the amount of $415,000 for the administration of the Kinship Support Services (KSSP) for the period July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.


On June 1, 1998, the Human Services Agency received a grant from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) under AB1193 to provide kinship support services to relative caregivers of children. Such services include case management, peer mentoring, counseling and support groups. Edgewood Center for Children and Families was selected to contract as a sole source to develop the KSSP services for the County of San Mateo due to their experience in developing and providing similar services to the City and County of San Francisco. There were also no competitors that provided similar kinship support programs in the Bay Area. The initial State grant for KSSP from CDSS has subsequently been changed to an annual allocation.

Over 8,000 children in San Mateo County live with relative caregivers other than their parents. If these relatives were not able and willing to care for these children, many of them would need foster homes, which is an overwhelmed system. Over 40% of the children serviced by the Human Services Agency under the Dependency Juvenile Court are placed with relative caregivers. These relative caregivers offer an invaluable service to the Agency and the children.

The KSSP program offers services to 260 relative caregivers and 375 children and provides immediate outreach to relative caregivers of Dependent children of the Juvenile Court as part of the Family to Family Initiative.



The Human Services Agency wishes to contract again with Edgewood Center for Children and Families for the KSSP program . This year they will include Non Related Extended Family Members (NREFM) as part of their client base. This is a new category of approved homes in federal and state guidelines developed in year 2000 to allow non relatives, who have close relationship with a child needing out of home care, to provide a home for that child. The KSSP program will provide counseling, recreation and respite services to 300 relative or NREFM caregivers and 415 children. The children will be offered tutoring and homework assistance. Edgewood Center has taken an active role in working with the Human Services Agency in designing services to relatives and NREFM caring for Dependents of the Juvenile Court as part of the Family to Family Initiative.

It is in the best interest of the County to waive the Request for Proposal since Edgewood Center for Children and Families was previously authorized by the Board of Supervisors to provide KSSP services and met the KSSP outcomes of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and Edgewood remains a sole source provider of these services.

This Agreement was delayed due to one of the main funding sources, Targeted Case Management, had some changes in the funding process and the issue regarding claiming procedures was just resolved with the State.

This Agreement has been reviewed and approved as to form by the County Counsel's Office.

Risk Management has reviewed and approved the Contractor's insurance coverage.


Performance Measure

Edgewood Center for Children and Families is in compliance with the Human Services Agency Outcome Based Management (OBM) Program plans. Below is the Recommended Performance Measure included in the OBM plans. The desired outcomes of KSSP are to stabilize the placement of the child and to give support and respite to the relative caregivers.


Performance Measure

Source of Data




FY 2003-04

Percent of children in the families served who will remain with the original caregiver and who will not enter the foster care system.

Program case records




Vision Alignment

The Agreement with Edgewood for KSSP services keeps the commitment of: Ensuring basic health and safety for all and goal number 6: All children grow up healthy in safe and supportive homes and neighborhoods. The Agreement contributes to this commitment and goal by providing services to relative and NREFM caregivers and the children to strengthen and support the caregiver child relationship, stabilize the placement and support the mental health, physical health and overall well being of relative caregivers.


Fiscal Impact

The term of this Agreement is July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004. The total obligation is $415,000, which is funded through state and federal revenue. There is no Net County Cost associated with this Agreement. Funds have been budgeted in the Children and Family Services FY 2003-04 Budget.