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A foster family licensed through Mariposa County interacts directly with the county social worker. The foster family home provides the same safe and loving foster homes for abused, abandoned and/or neglected children. Mariposa County provides the educational training for foster parents, social work support and works directly with the foster parents, birth parents and the dependent child or children. The Department provides support 24 hours a day.
Foster families who are willing and able to parent the following situations are in particular need:
* Infants to 18 years of age* Teenage mothers and their babies* Children with special medical, developmental and/or behavioral needs* Brothers and sisters who need to stay together* Babies born with HIV infection or with methamphetamine, cocaine, or alcohol in their systems
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.