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Foster Care Payment Eligibility and Rates

Foster care payment eligibility by placement types are as follows:
  • Licensed DHS or private agency foster home (1 - 4 children) or foster family group home (5 - 6 children) - Foster care payments are based on the age of the child and any special services provided to the child.
  • Residential child caring institution (non-profit) - Foster care payments range from $130 to $400 per day.
  • Independent Living (child's own residence) is available for certain youths ages 16 and older - An independent living allowance is provided.
  • Child's family or legal guardian - No foster care payments.
  • Child's relative's home - Foster care payments may be provided if the home is licensed or if parental rights have been terminated.

For current Foster Care rates, click here.