Foster Grants

Not all families are happy. Not every home provides a safe environment or welcoming haven for every child. In heartbreaking situations such as these, it’s truly a blessing to know there are men and women who open their homes to these children of unsettled lives by volunteering to become foster parents.

Foster parenting is such a valued vocation that the government at every level provides assistance to these compassionate souls who invite troubled children into their homes. One very important way these foster parents are helped is with the awarding of foster grants, which provide financial assistance for the care of the children during their stay within a foster household.

By design, children aren’t expected to live in a fostered home for an extended period of time so the foster grants last only as long as an individual child is in residence. Where there is more than one foster child in a household, foster grants are allocated accordingly.

The amount of money associated with foster grants varies according to many factors. The age of the child is a consideration and so is the location of the home. The cost of living in a city may be considerably higher than in a small country town but the cost of living varies from city to city, too.

Older children require more food than younger ones and their schooling expenses, including transportation, are often more than for children of pre-school age. Foster grants are adjusted accordingly.

When a household takes in a child with special needs, the foster grants associated with the child will also include medical or psychiatric care and any special equipment that might be needed.

Once a fostered child reaches an age when he or she is ready to set up a home of his or her own, foster grants continue to help the child become established in his or her new, independent, life. Sometimes foster grants include expenses for college or vocational school.

Not everyone is qualified to be a foster parent and not every fostering environment is as nurturing as would be desired. Nevertheless, the fostering programs do provide a valuable service to children in need and foster grants are critically important to keeping the program operational.