How Much Are Foster Parents Paid?

How Much Are Foster Parents Paid?

How Much Are Foster Parents Paid?

According to the advocacy group Children's Rights, the amount paid to foster parents by the state depends on a number of factors, including the age and health of the child and the state in which the foster parent resides. Foster parents are generally paid a daily rate that is intended to cover room, board, food and other expenses.

The amounts paid vary widely. In California, foster parents are allotted $785 per month plus travel and childcare costs to keep a 9-year-old child. In Kentucky, foster parents are paid $652 per month for fostering a child of the same age. Other payments may be made for the child's upkeep, including a clothing allowance and money to cover special expenses. A bigger allotment may be given for children with special medical needs and for kids that require more supervision.