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Support and Assistance for Foster Parents


Foster parents receive a stipend for providing care for the children. Children with special needs are eligible for increased “special needs” funding. Clothing costs should be covered under the monthly reimbursement but all school age children get an additional clothing allowance when they are initially placed and then annually thereafter.

link: Foster Care Rate Sheet

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Some of the children are covered by their birth parent’s insurance. Most foster children qualify for Medi-Cal, which pays for the children’s medical, dental, counseling, and other health-related expenses. We have a Public Health Nurse who helps foster parents find available Medi-Cal providers.

If you are a Kaiser member, we suggest that you ask their Benefits Office whether they will accept Medi-Cal for your foster child.


All foster parents receive 22 hours of free training as well as CPR and First Aid classes at minimal cost before a child is placed in their homes. The training helps the foster families meet the needs of the children placed in the home. Topics may include crisis intervention, substance abuse, issues and stages of development, behavior and positive discipline.


We have a network of foster families involved in the Emergency Foster Home (EFH) Program. These foster parents are part of a community where training, mentoring and support are provided so that they feel empowered by the work they do and want to continue to be a part of the foster parent community.

Sad girl holding teddy bear.Three times each month foster parents gather together in different geographic areas of the county in what is called “Cluster Meetings” to discuss any concerns they may be having with a particular child and get feedback from their peers and the EFH Coordinator. Additionally, monthly trainings are provided on a wide range of subjects related to caring for children in foster care. These trainings are coordinated with the EFH Coordinator, Santa Rosa Junior College, UC Davis, and the Redwood Empire Foster Parents Association. These monthly trainings and Cluster Meetings offered by the EFH program can be used to meet the required eight hours of annual training needed for each foster parent.


Each child is assigned to a social worker who visits regularly with the child and the foster parents. The social worker is also available by phone when needed. When appropriate, you may be referred to community resources.


REFPA provides mentoring and support for its members and acts as an advocate for foster parents and for the children in their care. Foster parents that elect to join the Redwood Empire Foster Parent Association (REFPA) are eligible for additional respite care funds.