Reimbursement for the care and custody provided by a foster parent(s) is based on the needs of the foster youth. A Difficulty of Care Assessment is conducted to determine the rate of the foster youth's level of care/need. Reimbursement is calculated by the Court on a per day basis. Checks are mailed once a month. The current rate of reimbursement is at a minimum of $30.00 per youth, per day; and the maximum is $50.00 per youth, per day.
Reimbursement is non-taxable and not considered income. Each foster family must, "have a defined source of income, and be capable of managing that income, to meet the needs of the foster family." In other words, a foster family must be able to meet their financial obligations without receiving the foster care reimbursement.