Foster Care

Temporary transfer of a minor to a government certified caregiver is commonly referred to as foster care. A child remains in such care until an adoption, permanent guardianship, or a return to their biological parents is granted by a judge.

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Foster Care

How much money do foster parents get to foster a newborn baby?

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If you feel compelled to ask about how much money you will receive as a foster parent; you should not be participating in this area. The priority is the child's welfare, which is carefully monitored by the foster agency. You will receive enough money to meet the child's needs, plus some. Still, this is not about a family business, its about the appropriate development, nurturing, and an over-all maturation process to ensure a child's future. Its not about money.

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However, the reason I wanted to know a ball park figure is that I am raising my two grandchildren, keeping them out of the foster care system. I get a grant from the state to help me out, which takes care of the day care while I work and a small amount per month on top of that. They act as if they are paying me out of their pocket and I get a lot of grief from them. So my question about how much it pays was to determine about how much the state saves when someone steps up and takes the children instead of putting them in to foster care. I do firmly believe what you said however, if you are looking into doing this, the money you make should not be why you do it.

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This varies widely from state to state but the typical range is between $15 and $30 a day in total compensation. That compensation is not always in cash and may be a combination of food stamps, clothing vouchers and donated goods.

Something else to keep in mind is that these compensations are considered reimbursement. Meaning you are expected to front all of the expenses up front and may not receive anything in return for 4 to 6 weeks.

For example a child may show up with no extra clothing, you may be given $50 a month for a clothing allowance, you are not likely to receive your first $50 clothing voucher for 4 to 6 weeks after getting the child. So you would be fronting any clothing expenses the child needs and by the time you get more money for clothing it is likely to be time to buy something else with that money.

This is an issue that needs to be considered for all basic necessities like food, clothing, entertainment, school supplies, etc. Also note that you will not be reimbursed for any large setup costs such as furniture for bedrooms.

The only expenses you are not normally expected to cover will be medical as the child should be put on a state sponsored medical program, though in some states there may still be an up front and/or non refundable deductible that is out of pocket to the foster parent.

If a child has special needs (handicap, etc) there may be small allowances for additional unusual expenses but again these are likely to be reimbursed after the parent fronts the money and will often require receipts to prove the cost.

There are essentially two options with foster care, take in only one or two children, typically in addition to your own and do it purely out of love. You will lose money, so you will need to have enough income to cover the addition of more children into your life. The amount reimbursed is likely to barely scratch the surface.

The second option is full time fostering of multiple children. If you have the space to foster 6 to 10 children at once you may be able to leverage the reimbursements to cover all expenses. Food budgets can be stretched by making large cheaper meals at home, clothing budgets can be stretched with hand me downs and group events can be organized to help attempt to keep the children entertained at minimal costs. You still wont be making much that could be considered profit, but you might get by without a job of your own if you make fostering your full time activity.

If for any reason you are considering doing this for the money, realize you will be much higher paid operating a professional day care with private clients than what you will be getting as a foster parent even with multiple children. And foster parenting is 24/7, these kids aren't going home at the end of the day.

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How many kids go into foster care each year?

In the US between 400,000 and 600,000 each year. About 150,000 of those never return to home.

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What is the cost of adult foster care?

��The cost is pretty high. In general, you'll be looking at something like $18,000 a year.

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Where can i get more information on adult foster care?

Provides information about Adult Foster Care and Homes for the Aged for both consumers and businesses. Lists all licensed AFC facilities in the states

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Where can I find information on how to become a foster parent?

Becoming a foster parent can be very difficult for some people due to the very long process that is involved. You can find out more about this process at the website www.fosterparenting.com/foster-care/foster-parenting.html.

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How much do you get paid for foster children in KY?

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Does the money people get for the foster child get spent on the real child instead?

Not every foster family has their own children.

And it is impossible to track the money down to the penny but foster families do have to account for spending the money. Yes there is some bad people in the system and some fraud.

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How much does a foster parent get paid in allentown pa?

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If my child is placed in foster care and im currently pregnant will the state take my newborn because i already have a child in state care?

Generally, the state will only remove the child if the child is being neglected or abused.

The fact that a child has been removed in the past is, usually, not enough reason to remove a second child. An additional circumstance must take place.

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When paid by an foster care agency can they withhold the money as punishment?

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Aren't you supposed to be married befor you can adopt kid's?

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How much do foster parents make in Illinois?

Foster parents don't "make" anything. Monies that foster parents receive from Illinois go to the care of the child and are not to pad the household income. They have to have enough of their own income to properly provide for their own family.

What they receive for each child varies by the age of the children. Special needs children will receive more money.

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How much do foster parents in Indiana get paid?

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Foster Care

The judge expedited my children out of foster care Department of social services didn't what is that called?

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What is the child living in foster care?

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Where do they go if awarded to the state?

Children go into a foster care home. These are homes that have been approved by the state to take care of children for long term care or temporary care.

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Were can i request a Christmas gift as a foster child?

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in a foster home?

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What is the dollar amount per child in foster care in the state of Michigan?

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How much do foster parents get paid to support a foster child in Michigan?

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How much payed for foster parent in Chicago?

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Foster Care

Can CPS take your child and end the case before the child is returned?

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Can a foster child hire their own attorney?

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How much do foster care get paid California?

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Can you elope with a girl in foster care?

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