Foster Care

Foster Care benefits provide cash aid on behalf of needy children in foster care who meet the eligibility requirements established by County, State and Federal law and regulation. Foster Care benefits are only paid when the child meets one of the conditions below:
  1. The child is a ward of the Juvenile Court who is placed and supervised by the Probation Department
  2. The child is a dependent of the Juvenile Court who is placed and supervised by this Department
  3. The child is voluntarily placed by his/her parent through this Department
  4. The child is living with a nonrelated legal guardian and is supervised by this Department

Relative caregivers may be eligible to receive foster care benefits in certain circumstances. The child must meet certain eligibility criteria.

Basic Foster Care Rates

The basic monthly amount paid for eligible children in foster family homes is based on the child's age. The rates are:

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Difficulty of Care (DOC)

Children in foster family homes who are eligible for foster care benefits may qualify for a supplemental payment if the child requires special care above the level that the foster caregiver would normally be expected to provide for a child that age. The child's special care needs may be due to physical, emotional or behavioral problems.

The level of the payment is based on both the extent of the child's problems and what the foster caregiver is doing to help correct the problems, including how much extra time is involved.

The type and amount of specialized care rates vary by county. The rate paid is the one that applies to the county in which the child is placed.

Adoptions Assistance Program (AAP)

The Adoptions Assistance Program (AAP) was developed to make it easier for a family to adopt a child who would otherwise remain in long-term foster care. AAP provides cash aid to families who are willing and able to adopt a child but need financial assistance to do so. To be eligible, the child must have been detained by Child Protective Services and parental rights have been terminated.


The Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment program (Kin-GAP) is a permanency option for children in long-term foster care placements with relative caregivers who have become the child's legal guardian. The following basic Eligibility Requirements for Kin-Gap are:

  • Child must have resided with the relative caregiver for at least twelve (12) consecutive months in a court-ordered placement, i.e., dependent/delinquent child placed in the home.
  • Legal Guardianship must be established with the relative caregiver.
  • Dependency must be dismissed at the same time or after the establishment of the Legal Guardianship by the Juvenile Court. 

Kin-GAP payments are equal to the basic foster care rate for the county in which the child resides. Children receiving Kin-GAP are eligible to Difficulty of Care (DOC) only if they were in receipt of it while in foster care.