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Hitting the M.A.R.C.: Foster Care Reimbursement Rates


In October 2007, Children’s Rights, the National Foster Parent Association, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work released the first-ever nationwide, state-by-state calculation of the real cost of supporting children in foster care.

The report reveals widespread deficiencies in reimbursement rates across the nation — and major disparities among the states — and proposes a new standard rate for each state to use in fulfilling the federal requirement to provide foster parents with payments to cover the basic needs of children in foster care, including food, shelter, clothing and school supplies.




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