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How do I become a foster parent? Do foster parents receive monthly payments to cover costs associated with a child's basic needs?

Child Welfare
Foster Care


Each state provides its own criteria and licensing requirements for foster parents, as well as support services for children, such as monthly maintenance payments. For information on how to become a foster parent and what types of support services are provided for foster parents in your state, you can contact your state-sponsored foster care information line or your local child welfare agency. Child Welfare Information Gateway (Information Gateway), a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, provides a list of State Foster Care Information Websites.

If your state does not have a foster care information line, the local child welfare agency should be able to provide you with information about how to become a foster parent. Information Gateway offers a list of State Child Welfare Agency Websites.

In most states, private agencies also provide foster care services. To find out about these agencies, contact your State Licensing Specialist.