Essentials for Foster Care

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This is the place to look for specifics and requirements. Find your state foster care specialist, education, the foster care rates, tax issues for foster families, insurance, and your rights and responsibilities.

Education & Training

Online education resources for those seeking to adopt or foster, adoptive and foster parents, searchers, and adoption professionals includes formal online training and courses, as well as resources for offline education.... [more]

Foster Care Specialists, by State

Contact information for the foster care specialist in every state.... [more]

Glossary of Terms

If you've got a question about a word or term, here are definitions of terms commonly used in connection with adoption and foster care, for quick reference.... [more]

Stress in the Foster Home

Evidence suggests a higher rate of child abuse in foster families than in the population of children as a whole. Emil Baldwin, Jr., LSW, addresses the complex stresses that may contribute to this statistic.... [more]

Definitions of Terms
An introduction to some of the terms frequently encountered by foster parents.

Foster Care Rates
Nationwide foster care rates include daily and monthly rates, and rates for special care, from the North American Council for Adoptable Children (NACAC).

Foster Family Tax FAQ
Information from Quicken/Turbo Tax on exempt payments, eligible income and expenses, exemptions for dependents, and more.

Foster Parent Liability Insurance
From Foster Parent Professionals, Inc.

Foster Parents' Responsibilities
This information from an Illinois attorney provides good general guidelines for all, wherever they are located.

Foster Parents' Rights
Information provided by an Illinois attorney is a good reference point for all foster parents, whatever their location.

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