It Takes a Village
Foster families are part of an extended team of child welfare experts and other foster families dedicated to the care of abused and neglected children. Of course, it all starts here, with Utah Foster Care—we get you started with the process, offer state-mandated training, and provide on-going emotional and logistical supports.
As the process advances, we’re joined by two of our partners:
- Utah’s Office of Licensing (OL), which conducts the home study and grants licensure, and
- Utah’s Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS), which places children with foster families and monitors their progress
Children in foster care receive medical, dental, and mental health care through Medicaid. They qualify for free school lunches and various school fee waivers. Younger children also qualify for the WIC program for food. In addition to these support programs, foster families receive a modest financial reimbursement intended to offset the cost of caring for the children in their home.
Utah Foster Care also offers a variety of supports. For a preview of available programs, check out our section for current foster parents: Foster Parent Resources.