Parental Fee Program

The Parental Fee Program (PFP) assesses a monthly fee to parents of regional center consumers under the age of 18 who receive 24-hour out-of-home care services paid for with state funds.

Parents of regional center consumers in 24-hour out-of-home care services paid with state funds are eligible for a parental fee assessment. Parents with annual gross income at or above 201 percent of the current Federal Poverty Level are assessed a fee based on a percentage of income. A chart of household size, annual gross family income and fee percentages provides parent’s the ability to estimate their monthly fee EnglishSpanish. The monthly fee shall not exceed the cost of caring for a child, as determined by the most recent data available from the United States Department of Agriculture’s survey on the cost of raising a child in the west region, or the cost of services provided, whichever is less. The statutory authority for the Parental Fee Program is located in the Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4784.

The Family Financial Statement (FFS) is used to report income and family size information to the Department for the purpose of assessing a monthly parental fee. Form is available in English | Spanish. The monthly parental fee shall be assessed beginning 60 days from the date of the consumer’s placement into 24-hour out-of-home care. Parents are required to provide to the Department a completed FFS for both parents within 30 days of the Department’s request, along with documentation of income. The Department shall assess a monthly maximum fee if parents do not provide income and family size documentation within the 30 days of the Department request. Income documentation requirements may be found on the Frequently Asked Questions document English | Spanish. Parents who are unable to comply with income reporting requirements are urged to contact the program staff at (800) 862-0007 (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Parents who remove their child from the 24-hour out-of-home care services for a home visit for six or more consecutive hours during a 24-hour period, shall be entitled to a credit equal to one day of the monthly parental fee. A credit shall be calculated by multiplying the parents’ monthly parental fee by 12 and dividing that number by the number of days in the year. Credits must be requested within 60 days after the day when the child was returned to a facility after the qualified home visit. Parents may submit a request for Home Leave Credits (HLC) in writing using form DS 1214 English | Spanish. The information on this form must include the dates and times the child left and returned to the facility, and must be signed by a facility representative certifying the leave(s). More information about HLC may be located on the Frequently Asked Questions document English | Spanish.

Parents who disagree with the fee assessment, or the amount of Home Leave Credits granted may appeal within 30 days of the Department’s notification of the amount of the fee, or Home Leave Credits requested. Parents appealing must do so in writing addressed to the Department of Developmental Services / Client Financial Services Section, 1215 O Street (MS 9-60), CA 94244-2020. Appeals must be submitted within 30 days of the Department’s fee notification letter, or decision on Home Leave Credit requests. Appeals may only consider the family income used to set the fee, or the amount of the Home Leave Credit.

You may pay your monthly parental fee by check, money order, or credit card (VISA/MasterCard only).Mail your monthly fee by check or money order to our contact address

Department of Developmental Services Client Financial Services Section 1215 O Street (MS 9-60) Sacramento, CA 94244-2020

If you want to make a payment by credit card, you can contact us at (800) 862-0007, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to make a payment over the phone.


Last modified: July 1, 2021