Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a child usually stay in foster care?
The average time a child stays in foster care is 9-12 months. A child may be in your home for a few weeks, months or even years. The length of stay depends on the needs of the child and his/her parent`s participation in their service program. The child`s caseworker works with foster parents regarding placement goals and needs of the child.
Do I get to choose the children who come into my foster home?
Foster parents can select the age range and gender of the children that come into their home. They can help decide if a child is appropriate for their situation. Every attempt is made to initially match a child to a family who is able to meet the child`s individual needs. This prevents the child from being moved from home to home. Children can be matched with the best foster family when there are a large number of foster families to choose from, which often means that families may wait for a placement.
What kind of financial/medical help is available if I foster children?
Foster parents are reimbursed by the Department for caring for a child. The rate of basic care depends upon the age of the child. The daily rate of care is $40.00 for 0-18 years old, for the 1st 90 days and $30.00 per day for each day after the initial 90 days of stay. Foster parents who are caring for children with significant behavioral or medical problems may be reimbursed at a higher rate. Medicaid covers children’s medical, dental, and psychological needs.
What kind of help can I receive in caring for a foster child?
Evaluations and services for the child placed into your home are routinely coordinated by the child`s caseworker. Caseworkers are available to answer questions you might have about the child(ren) placed into your home. Clinical staff is available to help you with any specific behavior problem or parenting questions you may have. Foster Liaisons are assigned to each foster family and can answer any questions you may have regarding agency policy and procedure. They can also assist in understanding the agency or the child welfare process in securing any additional services that might be appropriate.