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Payments and Rates

Base Foster Care Rate

"Base rate payment" means a payment to the foster parent or relative caregiver for the costs of providing the child or young adult with the following:

  • Food, including the cost to cover a child or young adult's special or unique nutritional needs; 
  • Clothing, including purchase and replacement; 
  • Housing, including maintenance of household utilities, furnishings, and equipment; ​
  • Personal incidentals, including personal care items, entertainment, reading materials, and miscellaneous items; and 
  • Transportation. The cost of providing transportation, including local travel associated with expenditure for gas and oil, and vehicle maintenance and repair associated with transportation to and from extracurricular, child care, recreational, and cultural activities. 
The Department does not reimburse the base rate payment to a certified family when reimbursement for shelter care payment or enhanced shelter care payment applies.

Base Rate Payment:

  • $575 per month for children ages 0 - 5 years 
  • $655 per month for children ages 6 - 12 years 
  • $741 per month for children ages 13 - 20 years 

Shelter Care Payment

Shelter care payment is provided to a certified family during the first 20 days of substitute care for a child or young adult in the care or custody of the Department.  This is a onetime service which is only provided once during a child's entire time in the placement while in the custody of the department. Shelter care payments are not made each time a child moves to another foster or relative home.

  • $24.60 per day for children ages 0 - 5 years 
  • $28.00 per day for children ages 6 - 12 years 
  • $31.60 per day for youth or young adult ages 13 - 20 years 

Enhanced Shelter Payments

The Department reimburses a certified family an enhanced shelter care payment rate on behalf of a child or young adult during the first 20 days of substitute care with a certified family after a child or young adult has been in placement with a Behavior Rehabilitation Service provider and there is no current level of care payment determination applicable to the child or young adult. 
  • $24.90 per day for children ages 0 - 5 years 
  • $33.50 per day for children ages 6 - 12 years 
  • $37.90 per day for youth ages 13 - 20 years 

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Level of Care

CANS Level of Care payment is provided to an approved or certified family, a guardian, a pre-adoptive family or an adoptive family based on the need for enhanced supervision of the child or young adult as determined by the results of the CANS screening.

Enhanced supervision means the additional support, direction, observation, and guidance necessary to promote and ensure the safety and well-being of a child or young adult when the child or young adult qualifies for a level of care payment.
  • $212 per month for Level 1 (moderate needs). 
  • $414 per month for Level 2 (intermediate needs). 
  • $850 per month for Level 3 (advanced needs). 

Personal Care Services

Personal care services assist with functional activities involving mobility, transfers, repositioning, basic personal hygiene, toileting, bowel and bladder care, nutrition, medication management and delegated nursing tasks that a child or young adult requires for his or her continued well-being. "Level of personal care" means the payment to a qualified provider for performing the personal care services for an eligible child or young adult.​  For a more detailed explanation see the DHS Personal Care Services policy
  • Level 1 (moderate care) $207 per month 
  • Level 2 (intermediate care) $413 per month 
  • Level 3 (advanced care) $620 per month 
  • Level 4 (intensive care) individual determination by the Department based on the intensity and frequency of the personal care services provided. 

Mileage Reimbursement

The Department reimburses a certified family for mileage, paid at the current Department mileage reimbursement rate paid to child welfare staff. Reimbursement is paid for the following:

  • Transportation for a child or young adult in order to remain in the same school he or she was attending prior to placement in substitute care;
  • Reimbursement to and from visitation when family visitation is part of the service plan;
  • In-state transportation by airline for children may be approved only if the cost of the air fare does not exceed all the actual costs of transporting the child by car.

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