Foster parents do receive a monthly stipend to cover the costs of child care, such as food, clothing, and other basic necessities. The payment structure for foster families varies depending on the payment rates established by their residing state, the age of the child, and the specific needs of the child. The average maintenance rate paid to a foster parent for the care of a single foster child can range between $400 and $900 a month, depending on the state in which the parents reside.
However, in some cases, foster parents may receive a significantly higher monthly maintenance rate for the care of a child who has special needs and/or expenses. Children with serious medical conditions, behavioral issues, or emotional trauma can be declared by the state as special needs, allowing foster parents to collect a higher maintenance rate each month. It’s anticipated that this increased amount will be used to help treat special conditions and provide more effective care.