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|Level One|| Jan. 2012
Certified Above Level One
The current age-related Basic Maintenance Rate for a foster home that is certified to provide care at a level of care that is higher than Level One care. The rate for each child is listed below by age group.
|Age of Child||Jan. 2012||Jan. 2013|
|0 - 4||$366.00||$366.00|
|5 - 11||$400.00||$400.00|
|12 - 14||$455.00||$455.00|
|15 - 18||$475.00||$475.00|
When a foster child in your care turns 5, 12, or 15 years of age, you will receive the next highest rate effective the date of on which the birthday occurs.
You will receive payment for your foster child for the day the child enters your home but not for the day the child leaves your home.
On the next page is a breakdown of the percentages typically spent on the basic necessities for children at various ages. This is intended as a guide. It is understood that your family will use the monthly Uniform Foster Care Rates in the manner which best meets your foster child's needs. .
These specific breakdowns by food, clothing, housing, and personal care and other expenses are based on the cost of raising a child as calculated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Because the cost of raising a child is more than the amount provided through the Basic Maintenance Rate, these percentages provide only a guide for foster parents. The figures presented are percentages of the basic maintenance rate received for a child in the designated age group.
Basic Rate Guidelines
|0 - 4||17 to 30%|
|5 - 11||26 to 33%|
|12 -14||Approx. 33%|
|15 +||Approx. 33%|
|0 - 4||Approx. 6%|
|5 - 11||Approx. 8%|
|12 - 14||Approx. 11%|
|15 +||Approx. 13%|
|0 - 4||48 to 58%|
|5 - 11||Approx. 43%|
|12 -14||Approx. 39%|
|15 +||Approx. 36%|
Personal Care and Other Expenses*
|0 - 4||Approx. 18%|
|5 - 11||Approx. 19%|
|12 - 14||Approx. 17%|
|15 +||Approx. 17%|
*Other expenses include but are not limited to haircuts, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and school supplies.
Yes, for a foster home that is certified to provide care at a level of care that is higher than Level One care. If your foster child has emotional, behavioral, or medical needs, you may request an additional monthly payment to cover the costs of caring for the child's special needs. When approved, this payment is called a SUPPLEMENTAL RATE..
Within the first 30 days after a foster child is placed in your home, you and your case worker will discuss whether the child may qualify for a supplemental payment. If your foster child has needs that require special care or supervision, the case worker will submit a description of the child's problems or characteristics.
Evaluations from doctors, psychiatrists, therapists or other specialists may be included with the case worker's report.
Using a point scale and all of the information regarding the child's emotional, behavioral and medical problems, the placing agency determines the level of care the child requires and identifies special needs of the child.
The level of care and the identified special needs of the child establishes the Supplemental Rate.
You and your case worker will review your foster child's progress at least every six months. At those reviews, the Supplemental Rate may be changed if the child's condition is changed. Inform your case worker of significant changes when they occur.
If a child has extraordinary needs, you may receive an additional payment called an Exceptional Rate. This payment may be provided if the child's placement in your home allows the child to be released from a more restrictive setting or prevents the child's placement in such a setting. Only providers certified above a Level One can receive exceptional rates.
You may receive an Exceptional Rate if, for example:
- the child requires 24-hour medical care supervised by a doctor or nurse.
- the child has severe behavior problems.
- the child is diagnosed as having a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, severe mental retardation, brain damage or autism.
- the child chronically abuses alcohol or other drugs and needs close supervision.
- you are transporting the child to the school they attended prior to removal and this is in a district other than the district you live in.
No monthly payment for the combined Basic Maintenance, Supplemental and Exceptional Rates may exceed $2,000.00.
You may be provided an INITIAL CLOTHING ALLLOWANCE (see table below) if:
- it is your foster child's first placement; or
- it has been at least four months since the child was last in out-of home care.
|0 - 4||Up to $225.00|
|5 - 11||Up to $263.00|
|12 - 14||Up to $300.00|
|15 - 18||Up to $300.00|
Periodic clothing allowances, such as for seasonal clothing, are not allowed. An amount is included in the Basic Maintenance Rate for this purpose each month.
You may request that the rate be re-determined. You may discuss your concerns with the rate setter and the agency director. If you still disagree with the rate, you should consider appealing through the fair hearing process. Your agency director or Foster Care Coordinator will tell you how to request a fair hearing.
A statewide fund provides some protection when your own insurance policies do not. The state fund covers some property damage and personal injury caused by the foster child. The extent of coverage and exclusions is subject to change. The agency that licensed your foster home can give you up-to-date information.
Contact your case worker or Foster Care Coordinator for further explanations. See also our Foster Care website at http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/children/foster/index.htm
If you have general questions about foster care or adoption in Wisconsin, you can also contact the Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center at http://www.wifostercareandadoption.org/ or 1-800-947-8074.
Last Revised: April 23, 2012