There are several types of foster family care. Some are administered by the public agency, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), while others are administered by private child placing agencies. Basic foster family care is called General Care and is the foundation for all the others discussed. Reimbursement for board and care of children in foster care is based upon the category of care that foster parents provide.
General Care is provided to children in foster care who are placed with foster parents who meet the general requirements outlined in the Foster Family Care Licensing Requirements. The customary care of foster children in licensed homes includes providing food, shelter, daily supervision, school supplies, and a child's personal incidentals. General Care foster parents must maintain eight (8) hours of training per year or sixteen (16) hours of training by time of renewal of their license in two (2) years.
Specialized Care is provided to children in foster care who meet specialized care requirements. Children who enter a Specialized Foster Home have demonstrated that their needs are greater than those who are placed in a General Foster Home. Specialized foster parents are experienced care providers who have participated in a series of specialized trainings offered through Granite State College and continue to improve their skills by maintaining sixteen (16) hours of training per year or thirty-two (32) hours by time of renewal of the license. These foster parents are entitled to the specialized rate only for a child needing specialized care.
Emergency Care is provided to children who are experiencing an unplanned placement. It occurs when little information about the child is available (no evaluation or assessment has been made), or a General, Specialized, or residential facility provider is not available at the time of placement. Emergency care providers must participate in a 6 hour core training prior to delivering this service. Payment is limited to a maximum of ten (10) days. If a child remains with the emergency care provider beyond the ten (10) day limit, the rate must be changed to either the General or Specialized rate.
Crisis care is provided to children whose placements are arranged through local police departments and the emergency on-call system. Crisis care is provided to children when the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service District Offices are closed on weekends, after-hours and holidays. Providers of crisis care must have already taken the 6 hour Emergency Training class and notify their Resource Worker that they wish to provide this type of care.
Independent Service Option (ISO)
ISO Care is a service provided by a contracted, private child-placing agency. The private agency recruits foster parents who can provide an intensive level of child supervision and is part of the treatment team. At least one foster parent must always be available to the child at all times. Only one foster child is allowed in the home unless siblings are placed with the child. Daily telephone and weekly in-person contacts are made by the agency. Additional training is required of the foster parents.