How Is Foster Care Funded?
Foster care is funded by the AFDC-FC welfare grant program. The county pays Beta Foster Care a monthly rate that is set by the California Department of Social Services Rate Setting Bureau.
A set amount, based on the child’s age, is allocated monthly by Beta Foster Care to the foster parents for foster child support. This child support more than covers the child’s needs while in foster care.
The State Department of Social Services sets the rate that the counties will pay to all private foster care agencies for foster care services. This rate is paid monthly on a per child basis and is pro-rated as needed when a child enters or leaves Beta. Foster parents are then paid monthly by Beta for the care of the foster child. The funding covers program essentials but leaves little room for additional items such as summer camp, sports lessons and other extracurricular activities. The funding for these costs comes from the pockets of the foster parents or, ideally, from outside donors such as service clubs, foundations and individuals. In addition, the critical services provided by our social worker assistants are chronically under funded. It is in these areas that the most help is needed.
The Irvine Health Foundation and Beta Foster Care
The Irvine Health Foundation (http://www.ihf.org) has been a generous supporter of Beta Foster Care for many years. In 1992, Beta Foster Care received its first grant of $45,887 from the Irvine Health Foundation to fund a pilot program called Child Abuse Prevention Program Counseling and Parent Education Services. This was a very successful program. This program provided counseling and parent education services to low income, immigrant, and Hispanic families in Spanish. This program was available at two elementary schools in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. The grant for the program was renewed the next year by the Irvine Health Foundation with additional gifts given by Pacific Telesis and Pacific Bell that allowed the program to expand to a third location. After the project ended, this program continued under Title I funding which was the program’s ultimate goal.
In 1998, Beta Foster Care was again the recipient of funds from the Irvine Health Foundation. This time the gift was $25,000 given to fund a foster parent recruitment campaign. In 1999, 2001 and 2003, the Foundation made additional gifts of $5,000 each year for the special events held to benefit Beta Foster Care.
Other financial support - also see Donors
In 1998, Beta Foster Care received a coveted Disneyland Community Service Award for $10,000. The Youth Leadership Award recognized Beta for the unique social, educational and mental health services the agency provides to abused and neglected children in Orange County.
Local Service Clubs such as the Laguna Niguel Rotary, the Laguna Niguel Women’s Club and the Soroptimists International of Capistrano Valley provide continued financial and volunteer support.
The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary (www.monarchbeachrotary.com) has even established a Rotary Recreation Fund which helps to pay for the cost of recreational activities for our foster children.
Since 1996 the Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge NO. 2444 sponsors a half-day fishing trip from Dana Point Harbor, for 15 foster children. Elks members fund the rental of fishing boat, equipment, and provide lunch for the children. The children also receive trophy's and gifts at the end of the trip.