Financial Assistance

While foster parents must have a regular source of income to meet their families' needs, financial assistance is available to help with the costs of caring for a foster child.

Foster Care Reimbursement

Foster care maintenance payments are intended to assist licensed foster parents in meeting the needs of the foster child in their care.  A basic rate payment (Level 1) is paid to all foster parents for costs related to food, clothing, shelter, and personal incidentals. In addition, there are three levels of supplemental payments (Levels 2, 3 and 4) which are paid to foster parents who care for children with varying degrees of physical, mental, behavioral or emotional conditions that require increased effort, care or supervision that are above the needs of a typically developing child.

(includes Basic Rate)
(includes Basic Rate)
(includes Basic Rate)
0 to 5 years $562.00 $739.92 $1,085.51 $1,364.30
6 to 11 Years $683.00 $860.92 $1,206.51 $1,485.30
12 & Older $703.00 $880.92 $1,226.51 $1,505.30

Child Care Costs

Payment for child care during a foster parent’s work hours is available for caregivers with part time or full time employment.  If the family is a two parent caregiver family, child care is covered when  both parents are employed and working out of the home simultaneously leaving no caregiver at home to care for the child. 

Medical and Dental

Every foster child receives medical and dental coverage while in foster care.

Clothing Vouchers for Children in Out of Home Care (Licensed and Un-Licensed)

$200 clothing vouchers will be authorized for children placed by Children’s Administration at initial placement whether the child is placed in a licensed foster home or with an unlicensed caregiver.  Additional clothing vouchers up to $200 may be authorized, not to exceed one time per year after initial placement, when there is an exceptional clothing need. Examples of an exceptional need include: 

  • the child’s clothing has been destroyed
  • the child has had significant growth spurt
  • the child has a medical condition that requires additional clothing.

Exceptional clothing needs can be approved if there is no other local community resources available and the need cannot be met through the clothing allowance provided in the monthly foster care payment (for those licensed). (See above)


Becoming a Foster Parent