What Foster Parents Need to Know About Reimbursement Rates and Taxes
Heyl de Ortiz, Richard.
Published: January-February 2017
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 16, No. 6 , p. 16-17
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This article explains there are general federal government requirements regarding foster care payments that States must follow if they want federal reimbursement for some of the costs of children in care, however, each State has its own rates and system of reimbursement. It notes many States have additional, higher rates for children with greater needs, per diem reimbursement rates are generally paid after the fact, and the reimbursement rates of relatives differs depending on whether they opt to become foster parents. Eligibility for tax deductions for foster children is also discussed.
foster children; State laws; child welfare laws; federal laws; Foster care maintenance; FOSTER CARE MAINTENANCE; FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE; ELIGIBILITY; children with disabilities; tax credits