If you care a foster child, and have a child under public school age,

then you are eligible to receive CMA unless there is a parent who works in the home. 

STEP 1: When you first receive your placement you should tell your social worker that you will need care and tell them WHICH daycare you are interested in your foster child attending.

In order to be eligible for CMA payment the Day care MUST ACCEPT CMA                                   payments, so be sure you call and ask ahead of time. Click here to go to the State                     DHR  providers list. If the provider you’re interested in isn’t on this list just call                       them directly.

STEP 2: Find out if there is any parent fee. It is usually no more than a $50.00/week. Be sure to ask about this before you tell your social worker what the provider is.

STEP 3: Usually even before your card is actually sent they will allow you to bring your children, but be SURE TO ASK your provider when you can begin bringing the child.

STEP 4: A card like this one will be sent to you. This is how the state pays the provider.

CMA card

STEP 5: You will activate your card and choose your own 4 digit pin.

STEP 6: Daily, when you check your child in and out of daycare, you will swipe your card at the CMA reader. This will allow the state to know exactly how much to pay.

swiper

 

Posted by AFAPA Foster Mom

One Comment

  1. As a foster parent and in-home daycare provider it is very important to get the CMA swipe card as quickly as possible (sometimes you may have to really stay on the social worker and stress the importance). If the foster parents do not have the card to swipe the children in and out of daycare each day the childcare provider will have to submit a ton of paperwork in order to get paid and the payment is delayed (in one of my cases payment was delayed over 6 months). Also, the children are only approved for six months at a time, so Foster parents need to remind the social worker about a month before it expires so they can resubmit the paperwork to continue care.

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