California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 361.21

(a) The court shall not order the placement of a minor in an out-of-state group home, unless the court finds, in its order of placement, that all of the following conditions have been met:

(1) The out-of-state group home is licensed or certified for the placement of minors by an agency of the state in which the minor will be placed.

(2) The out-of-state group home meets the requirements of Section 7911.1 of the Family Code .

(3) In-state facilities or programs have been determined to be unavailable or inadequate to meet the needs of the minor.

(b) At least every six months, the court shall review each placement made pursuant to subdivision (a) in order to determine compliance with that subdivision.

(c) A county shall not be entitled to receive or expend any public funds for the placement of a minor in an out-of-state group home unless the requirements of subdivisions (a) and (b) are met.

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