Starting Fostering

Board Payments

“Board Payments” is the fancy word for the subsidy that the State of Alabama sends to the Foster Parents monthly to go towards the housing, utilities, clothing, food, and extra-curricular activities. The subsidy only comes once a month and (from my experience) in the middle of the month. You can see the 2016 Board Payment rate for the State of Alabama in the chart below.

Ages

Beginning 1/1/16

 

0-2

$462.78

 

3-5

$476.69

 

6-12

$488.46

 

13+

$501.30

Alabama provides specialized rates (based on the extraordinary needs of the child or the additional parenting skill needed to raise the child). This is called the Therapeutic rate. 

Therapeutic rate (negotiated):

Age

Rate

0-2

not to exceed $1,055

3-5

not to exceed $1,068

6-12

not to exceed $1,079

13-18

not to exceed $1,091

Difficulty of care rates may be provided to:

  • children who have exceptional physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral needs
  • children with extreme illness or disabilities requiring nursing care (excluding children in residential treatment facilities)
  • emotionally disturbed children requiring more restrictive therapeutic care
  • medically fragile children

 

2 thoughts on “Board Payments”

  1. Dear Sirs,
    I am working with a couple that are foster parents in Dothan, Alabama.
    They are trying to foster more children, but they need me to remodel the exsiting
    bathroom into two bathrooms, one for the girls and the other for boys.
    Do they qualify for some type of stipend or financial aid to pay for the remodel?
    Mike Hirtriter
    Herdriders Handyman Services
    214.402.5042

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