Financial Information

Foster Care

Foster parents need to have sufficient space in their house or apartment to care for a child, but when it comes to everyday expenses, the State of Illinois provides ongoing support.

This includes the following:

  • Monthly subsidies designed to cover basic expenses, such as food, clothing, and an allowance;
  • Medical coverage, provided through the state’s Medicaid program;
  • Day care coverage, for children up to three years old; and
  • Additional support for children with special needs including (but not limited to) therapeutic day care, counseling, and respite care.

This support is provided on behalf of children in foster care until they reach the age of 18 (or 19, if they are still in high school). Additional support may be available through cities, counties, and municipalities; personal and professional networks; and faith-based organizations.

If you have additional questions regarding foster care subsidies, state resources, or other financial issues, please contact us today.