in a few years dh and i are talking about buying a large farmhouse, and with that extra space we are thinking of fostercare. I have a few questions, is a cours offered by social services to fo you to become certified? is it a long process? I know foster parents are given money to help care for the children, is it enough to cover thier needs? DH is a little worried about being able to provide for extra children...anyother info would be helpful thanks!Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Aug. 15, 2009 in Adoption
http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/ This is the Offices of Children & Family Services website (OCFS) for New York.
Clicking on Foster Care tab: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/fostercare/requirements.asp
Then you can click on "How do I financially support a foster child?" & learn that the reimbursement varies by region. I don't know where you are, but perhaps this will help.
I'm in Texas, and it does vary state-to-state, but you also could call the 800# or your local child protective services offices to talk to someone about when the next course starts. Here, they do it 4x a year. Good luck!
Answer by doodlebopfan at 6:10 PM on Aug. 15, 2009
Just to add, I came across one publication that stated $459-$687 depending on the region and the age of the child. That was updated April 2007, so perhaps it has changed. It also said something about a diaper & clothing allowance. Of course, here in Texas foster children under 5 years old qualify for WIC, because it is based on the child's income (the amount reimbursed by the state) not the foster family's income. That would change if you adopted them though. Maybe New York is similar, I'm not sure. Here's the link to that LONG publication. Page C-1 has the rates for care. (as of 04/07) It says that these are MAXIMUMS, and the region might pay a MINIMUM. Be sure to ask.
Answer by doodlebopfan at 6:16 PM on Aug. 15, 2009