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FOSTER CARE REIMBURSEMENT RATES January 2001
StateReimbursement Rate(s)
Alabama 0-2: $230, to 19-21: $266 per mo. HGP
Alaska 0-2: $21.45, 3-11: $19.07, 12-19: $22.64
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida (Daily rates) 0 - 5: $11.50, 5 - 12: $13.00, 13 + : $14.00
Georgia $12.00 Per Day
Hawaii
Idaho 0-5: $251-/Mo, 6-12: $275-/Mo, 13 +; $394/Mo
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa 0 - 5: 14.28, 6 - 11: 15.07, 12 - 15: 16.83, 16 - 20: 16.83
Kansas $18 to $35/day Privatized
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland 0-11: $17.59/day, 12+: $18.08/day
Massachusetts
Michigan 0 - 12: $13.85/day, 13 - 18: $17.15/day
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri 0-6: $227.00, 6-13: $256.00, 13-18: $298.00, $150.00 Clothing Allowance
Montana 0-12: $12.04 subject to change, 13-18: $13.43-subject to change, $32.respite
Nebraska 0-5: $222/mo, 6-11: $292/mo, 12+: $352/mo
Nevada 0-12: $365/mo, 13+: $436/mo
New Hampshire
New Jersey 0-5: $406, 6-9: $437, 10-12: $457, 13+: $508
New Mexico 0 - 5: $408, 6 - 12: $441, 13 +: $467
New York www.nysccc.org/boardrates/ratedirectory.htm
North Carolina
North Dakota 0 - 4: $351, 5 - 12: $397, 13 - 18: $517
Ohio Minimum $9/day to Maximum $90/day
Oklahoma 0-6: $10/day, 7-12: $12/day, 13+: $14/day
Oregon 0-5: $369/mo, 6-12: $385/mo, 13+: $475/mo
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island $14.39 0-3; $13.64 4-11; $15.79 12+ per day
South Carolina 0-5: $332.00, 6-12: $359.00, 13-21: $425.00
South Dakota
Tennessee 0-2: $12.11/day, 3-4: $9.13/day, 5-12: $10.24/day, 13+: $15.03/day
Texas $16.96/day
Utah
Vermont 0 - 5: L1;$14.36, L2;$16.19, L3;$18.95. 6 - 12: L1;$15.92, L2;$17.89, L3;$20.98. 13 +: L1;$17.65, L2;$19.75, L3;$22.98
Virginia
Washington
Washington D. C. 0-12: $581/mo, 13+: $651/mo
West Virginia
Wisconsin 0-5: $292/mo, 6-12: $317/mo, 13+: $375/mo
Wyoming

The Cost of Raising a Child Compared to Foster Care Maintenance Payments



Foster families who care for children in the custody of a state receive payment that is intended to cover ordinary living expenses for the child. This generally includes room and board, daily supervision, and a personal allowance. It may also include a variety of other expenses for which some states or counties provide supplemental funds, including clothing, child care, incidentals such as hair care, liability insurance, recreational activities, respite care, school supplies, and travel for visits with birth families and medical appointments. Therefore, it can be misleading to compare the stipends paid by any two states, since one may expect foster parents to cover many more expenses without a supplement.

In addition, the cost of caring for a child varies considerably in various parts of the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes a yearly report, Expenditures on Children by Families, that provides separate costs for four different urban regions and one for rural areas. The report also indicates amounts spent by families in three different income ranges on children in six age groupings. Shown in the chart below are estimated monthly expenditures for 2000 on a child by two-parent households in the five geographic areas. Each shows total spent by families whose before-tax income is in the range of $38,300 to $64,500 for children in three age groupings.

We have also shown the most current foster care maintenance rates available for states that fall in each of the urban regions. To get a rough idea of how your state's rate compare to the cost of raising a child, compare your state to others in your region. If you live in a community of under 2,500 people, use the rural areas rate in the first table.


age 0-2age 9-11age 15-17as of dateSource
Rural Areas - USDA est. monthly expenditure places of fewer than 2,500 people outside a Metropolitan Statistical Area $683 $708 $785 USDA: Lino, M. (2001). Expenditures on children by famlies, 2000 annual report. [Online].
age 0-2age 9-11age 15-17as of dateSource
Urban Midwest - USDA est. monthly expenditure $674 $705 $781 USDAi
Illinois $343 $382 $415 1998 NDASii
Indiana $486 $536 $603 1998 NDASii
Iowa $434 $458 $512 11/00
Kansas N/A N/A N/A NDASii
Michigan $426 $426 $526 12/01
Minnesota $458 $458 $561 1998 NDASii
Missouri $316 $364 $392 1998 NDASii
Nebraska $222 $292 $352 02/98 link
North Dakota $317 $359 $469 1998 NDASii
Ohio $603 $603 $603 1998 NDASii
South Dakota $353 $353 $424 1998 NDASii
Wisconsin $289 $315 $374 1998 NDASii
age 0-2age 9-11age 15-17as of dateSource
Urban South - USDA est. monthly expenditure $739 $757 $839 USDAi
Alabama $350 $374 $386 01/02 B. Schaffer, personal communication
Arkansas $400 $425 $475 1998 NDASii
Delaware $410 $410 $511 1998 NDASii
District of Columbia $445 $445 $536 1998 NDASii
Florida $345 $355 $425 1998 NDASii
Georgia $388 $411 $433 2001
Kentucky $599 $599 $660
Louisiana $331 $365 $399 1998 NDASii
Maryland $535 $535 $550 since 1992 link
Mississippi $325 $355 $390 1998 NDASii
North Carolina $315 $365 $415 since 1995
Oklahoma $300 $360 $420 1998 NDASii
South Carolina $212 $239 $305 1998 NDASii
Tennessee $336 $262 $385 1998 NDASii
Texas N/A N/A N/A NDASii
Virginia $270 $316 $400 1998 NDASii
West Virginia $400 $400 $400 1998 NDASii
age 0-2 age 9-11 age 15-17 as of date Source
Urban Northeast $749 $783 $861 USDAi
Connecticut $687 $703 $773 07/01 link
Maine N/A N/A N/A NDASii
Massachusetts $448 $464 $515 1998 NDASii
New Hampshire N/A N/A N/A NDASii
New Jersey $400 $430 $500 03/99
New York $419 upstate $460 metro $504 upstate $541 metro $583 upstate $626 metro 07/01 http://www.nysccc.org
Pennsylvania N/A N/A N/A NDASii
Rhode Island $308 $285 $340 1998 NDASii
Vermont $436 $483 $535 07/00 link
age 0-2 age 9-11 age 15-17 as of date Source
Urban West $789 $818 $894 USDAi
Alaska $652 $580 $689 1998 NDAS National Data Analysis System. [Online]. Available: http://ndas.cwla.org
Arizona N/A N/A N/A NDASii
California $375 $436 $528 1998 NDASii
Colorado $349 $392 $423 1998 NDASii
Hawaii N/A N/A N/A NDASii
Idaho $251 $275 $394 07/00 Steve Green, DHW
Montana N/A N/A N/A NDASii
Nevada $403 $403 $494 1998 NDASii
New Mexico $308 $341 $367 1998 NDASii
Oregon $356 $370 $457 1998 NDASii
Utah $326 $326 $326 1998 NDASii
Washington $338 $410 $481 1998 NDASii
Wyoming $400 $400 $400 1998 NDASii

Credits: Source: National Foster Parent Association

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tai - 6 months ago
foster parents are not in it for the money because there is not any money you buy a child a pair of sneakers there goes the money allowtment for the week god forbid you send them to dance school or want to buy a few video games or send them to the movies there should be more money to raise these kids as well as an incentive to take care of these kids #1
Renita - 4 months ago
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I would like to know where to start, where do I go? #2
Annette - 3 months ago
If you want to do foster care do it for the children not the money there are so many children that are being abuse and needs someone to love them and understand them.I am a foster parent and the chidren I've had are still in my life we will always keep in touch.I love and miss them all and wish the very best for them. #3
nancy - 6 months ago
go to your local dhs office and tell them they will get you all the info you need, #4
Gary - 9 months ago
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I would like to learn more about foster parenting where do I start. #5
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