County to Boost Foster Parent Payments

Beginning next month, San Diego County must increase its payments to foster parents.

A federal judge has ruled California must boost its payments, saying the state it not complying with federal law.

State reimbursement levels failed to cover the costs of raising a child the judge ruled and he ordered the state Department of Social Services to raise its rates to levels specified in a University of California, Davis, study on the needs of foster children.

The San Francisco Chronicle says reimbursement for foster parents with a child up to 4 years old will increase from $446 a month to $609. Rates for older children would climb from $627 a month to $761.

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