Financial Aid

As a foster parent, you’ll receive monthly payments to help with the costs of caring for the child in your home. The monthly payment is intended to cover the food, laundry, personal items the child needs while in your home. There is also money for the child’s clothing, allowance, gifts, school supplies, recreational activities and child care as well as any special requirements such as prescription and non-prescription medications, glasses and other items when needed.  Reimbursements are, however, delayed – meaning you’ll spend the money before you get it back. So foster parenting is generally not recommended for individuals and families who struggle financially.

Here is a breakdown of the types of support available:

Department of Community Services

Foster Care Maintenance Rates for Children in Care

Age Rate per Diem
0-9 $19
10+ $27.50

Clothing Allowance

Age Monthly Quarterly   Yearly
0-4 $41.67 $125.00   $500.00
5-9 $64.75 $194.00   $777.00
10+ $90.60 $272.00   $1,088.00

Spending Allowance

Effective March 1, 1999

Age Monthly
0-5 $10.00
6-11 $15.00
12-15 $25.00 paid to child
16+ $40.00 paid to child