Do foster parents receive payment for foster children who are placed in their homes?

Yes. Foster parents are reimbursed for the care they provide to foster children. The monies are paid by the children's County of origin to the Child Placement Agency that certifies the foster family. The Child Placement Agency then passes the 'child maintenance' portion of the payment through to the foster family. The amount received monthly is determihned based on the needs of the child. In general, foster parent payments range from $400 to $1000 per month per child. These payments are tax free. Foster Care payments can be reassessed during the year to reflect the current level of difficulty of the child. Foster families who are passionate about parenting teenagers who are currently living in a residential treatment center or group home may be eligible for higher than average payments, as the difficulty of care of these children is higher than normal. Please inquire if this is a population you are interested in.

Do foster children have their own health/dental insurance, or is that the foster family's responsibility?

Each child that is placed in foster care status is enrolled in Medicaid. Medicaid covers most necessary medical (including prescriptions), dental, vision and mental health services that the child will need. Things like orthodontia may not be covered, but special arrangements for these extra services can be made in some cases. Foster parents should not have to pay out of pocket for these services.

Do foster parents have to accept every child that is referred to them?

No. The foster family is an integral part of the team, and will actively participate in deciding who is the best match for their home. Foster parents are never pressured to accept children.

How long does it take to become certified?

Typically, it takes about three months to become certified. In order to become a foster parent, each foster family needs to meet certain criteria set forth by Colorado Department of Human Services. Background checks, the home study, CPR/First Aid certification and CORE training are some of the necessary items that take the most time to complete.

What kinds of children are referred for foster care placement?

We receive referrals for children who are newborn through 20 years of age. Children referred come from every imaginable background; each child's story is unique. Unfortunately, each child who is referred for foster care placement has a history of abuse, neglect or abandonment in common. There is a special need for foster parents who are able to accept sibling groups, pregnant and parenting teens, and teenagers who are currently living in residential or group home level of care and need to be 'stepped down' to a foster home.

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