Program Description

Children's Bureau (CB) provides funding to states and tribes to provide safe foster care placements for children and youth who cannot remain in their homes. Our funding also provides optional guardianship assistance for states, as well as assistance to youth aging out of foster care so that they can achieve self-sufficiency. The Foster Care program provides Federal financial assistance to states to assist with:

1) Costs of foster care maintenance for eligible children
2) Administrative costs to manage the program
3) Training for staff, foster parents and private agency staff

The implementation of the program may differ by state.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be certified to provide 24-hour, substitute care in your home for a child who is under the supervision of a state child welfare agency and who is under the age of 18 years.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

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