Foster parent payments vary state-to-state based on the ages of foster children, the level of care the foster parents provide and the budget set by each state legislature. General care pays less than specialized care, such as emergency foster care, or caring for children with special needs.
As of 2015, general care in Oregon pays between $480 to $741 monthly per child, states the Oregon Department of Human Services. General care in North Carolina pays between $475 to $634 monthly per child, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. General care in New Hampshire pays between $480 to $620 monthly per child, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Foster children's ages range from birth through the teen years. The younger the child, the smaller the payment foster parents receive.