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Foster Care Rates


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In addition to Foster Care Base Rate, additional payment for enhanced supervision responsibilities, based on the child's special needs, is determined through the CANS assessment tool. Beginning in January 2010, DHS will perform a CANS assessment on all children entering foster care and remaining in care for at least 21 days.



Principles guiding the rate redesign

  1. Rate reimbursements must support a foster system that keeps children safe and healthy.

  2. No surprises. The process of changing the rate reimbursement structure will be transparent to foster parents, stakeholders and interested parties.

  3. Foster child with medical conditionsMaximize federal dollars for foster children as we meet the new federal mandates. In responding to the new federal rules, we will design a system that ensures the greatest federal support for Oregon's foster children.

  4. Make the system more fair, consistent and transparent. From first-time relative foster parents to seasoned veterans, the system has to work for all foster parents.

  5. Keep foster parents involved. As we improve the rate reimbursement process, foster parent involvement will help us make the best decisions for Oregon's foster children.

  6. Use the work done before as guidelines. The rate redesign will use the input of foster parents from prior workgroups and hearings to point the way to a better system for Oregon's foster children.


Contact us


Project Manager:
Gene Evans, Communications Officer
Child Welfare
Children, Adults & Families Division
Telephone: 503-947-5286