The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) makes payments to foster parents, placement agency foster care (PAFC) providers, child caring institutions, and others who have approved paid placements. These MDHHS payments are made on behalf of children funded by the state, federal title IV-E funds or the child care fund. State and federal-funded payments are issued from the State of Michigan’s payment system. Child care funds are issued based on the child’s county of court jurisdiction.

Placement providers must validate most of these payments before they are issued. There are two ways to validate payments requests:

  1. Through the MiFoster interactive voice response (IVR) system;
  2. In the Michigan Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (MiSACWIS) application.

The Foster Care Provider Payment Handbook (Pub-843) includes information to assist foster care providers in understanding these payments.

The MiFoster IVR Phone Validation: Video Overview is a short training video for providers who validate their payments via the IVR.