What support services will I receive as a foster parent?
Personal Support - Mariposa County has developed services that include foster parent support groups, ongoing training, newsletters, after-hours telephone numbers, a foster parent website and community resources.

Training - You will receive training before being licensed. Training continues while children are placed in your home. Sometimes you will receive additional training to care for children with special needs.

Financial Support - Foster parents receive a monthly payment to cover the child's food, shelter and clothing. The amount of the payment is based on the child's age and any special needs. Mariposa County also provides referrals to partner agencies, such as Infant Children's Enrichment Services (ICES) to help foster parents with daycare services provided by licensed childcare providers; Little Acorn coop childcare; and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for nutritional support.

Medical, Dental and Counseling Support - Each foster child receives a medical card that pays for necessary medical care and prescriptions, counseling and dental services.

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1. What do foster parents do?
2. How long does it take to become a foster parent?
3. Do I have to own my own home? What if I'm a renter?
4. What if I'm a single parent? Can I still be a foster parent?
5. What is the difference between being a certified home with an agency or a licensed foster family home?
6. What kind of support do foster parents receive once a child is placed with them?
7. Do the natural parents remain involved with their child in placement?
8. What types of foster families are needed most?
9. What support services will I receive as a foster parent?
10. How many children can share a room? Can a boy and girl share the same room? As a parent, can I share my room with a child?