Difficulty of Care (DOC)

Children in foster family homes who are eligible for foster care benefits may qualify for a supplemental payment if the child requires special care above the level that the foster caregiver would normally be expected to provide for a child that age. The child’s special care needs may be due to physical, emotional or behavioral problems.

The level of the payment is based on both the extent of the child’s problems and what the foster caregiver is doing to help correct the problems, including how much extra time is involved. Rates in Contra Costa County range from $6 per month to a maximum of $930 per month in addition to the basic rate. Contra Costa County does not pay DOC to legal guardians.

The type and amount of specialized care rates vary by county. The rate paid is the one that applies to the county in which the child is placed.

Clothing Allowance

Children in foster care may qualify for clothing allowances. The type and amount of clothing allowances vary by county. The rate paid is the one that applies to the county in which the child is placed.

The clothing allowances in Contra Costa County as of July 1, 2008:

Initial and Supplemental allowances are $252 for foster children of all ages. The annual clothing allowance payment is based on the child’s age.


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