Long term foster care, now called planned permanent living arrangement (PPLA) is a dispositional order to which both of the following apply:
1) Legal custody of a child is given to an agency without the termination of parental rights; and
2) The agency is permitted a make a placement of a child with a foster care provider or other person or agency.
PPLA may be an original order of disposition or it may be used as a further dispositional alternative after a prior temporary custody order has expired.
Laws Governing Foster Caregivers:
Some foster children get Social Security benefits. In many cases, the foster care agency becomes the representative payee of the benefits. The regulations below govern this situation.