Child and Family Services Agency Transition


Changes to foster homes managed by B & L Resources

On August 20, 2020, the Province of Manitoba gave notice to B&L Inc. indicating it will no longer be utilizing B & L Resources Inc. as a foster care provider. Foster homes managed by B & L Resources were all licensed by Winnipeg Child and Family Services (CFS). 


FAQ Foster Care Rate Determination Process


When could my rate change?

There will be a moratorium on rates for a period of 120 days beginning January 1, 2021. After April 30, 2021, the agency can make an appropriate determination based on an assessment of the needs of the child as to what the ongoing rate should be.

Any rate changes need to follow the rate approval process as set out by the CFS agency's overseeing Authority. CFS agencies will complete a Child Assessment to determine the individual needs of the child and how to support those needs.  Based on the CFS agency's evaluation of needs, potentially a new rate could be established.  CFS agencies can increase or decrease the rate based on the assessed needs of the child.

What does the re-assessment of my rate involve?

All foster parents in Manitoba receive the basic maintenance rate for children in care. Additional financial support is provided based upon an assessment of care needs for the child. If an assessment has determined that a child demonstrates care needs that are beyond those that would be age-appropriate, additional funding can be provided.  

The Child Assessment Format (CAF) is the assessment tool used by CFS agencies to determine the level of the child and the rate. 


What does basic maintenance cover?

Basic maintenance funding is provided to support the everyday care of a child.   Basic maintenance is the first level of funding for children in care.  This funding is paid to all caregivers.  Agencies are not permitted to withhold any portion of this rate for foster parents and it must be paid out monthly. 

Manitoba Families determines the basic maintenance rates.  The rate differs by age of child, 0-10 and 11-17, with foster parents of older children receiving a higher rate. The rate is higher north of the 53rd parallel and North of 53, east of Lake Winnipeg.  This is to recognize the high costs of service provision in remote areas, or where there is no road access. 


The following charts show the items included in Basic Maintenance that are paid directly to the foster parent.


BASIC MAINTENANCE RATES (dollars per day)

LOCATION

SOUTH OF 53

NORTH OF 53

(road access)

East of Lake Winnipeg

N51 12' (no road access)

AGE

0-10

11-17

0-10

11-17

0-10

11-17

Household Allowance

0.59

0.59

0.61

0.61

0.61

0.61

Bedding and Linen

0.60

0.60

0.64

0.64

0.64

0.64

Repairs and Equipment

1.19

1.31

1.23

1.37

1.23

1.37

Utilities

1.38

1.38

1.45

1.45

1.45

1.45

Food

7.22

9.17

7.96

10.10

10.50

13.31

Health & Personal Care

0.69

1.09

0.72

1.13

0.72

1.13

Transportation

2.05

2.05

2.13

2.13

2.13

2.13

Respite

2.36

2.36

2.50

2.50

2.50

2.50

Replacement Clothing

2.43

2.99

2.52

3.17

2.52

3.17

Personal Allowance

0.85

2.01

0.92

2.10

0.92

2.10

Babysitting/Child Care

1.54

1.54

1.64

1.64

1.64

1.64

Damages/Deductibles

1.21

2.36

1.28

2.45

1.28

2.45

TOTAL

22.11

27.45

23.60

29.29

26.14

32.50


Note: North of 53 rates include a Northern Food Allowance.


Basic Board Costs:

Chart of Accounts

Description of Items

Household Allowance

Laundry supplies, dry cleaning, paper products, cleaning supplies.

Bedding/Linen

Towels, blankets, sheets, pillows, bedspreads.

Repair, equipment and room maintenance

For increased normal wear/ tear on furniture/ furnishings due to another child, cost of a fire extinguisher, batteries for smoke alarms, first-aid kit supplies; child’s bedroom redecorating.

Utilities

Heat, light, water related to another child in the home.

Food

All food purchases prepared in home, brought in or eaten out, including school lunches and baby formula.

Health and Personal Care

Grooming costs (hair cuts/ shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, etc.), personal hygiene items, toothpaste, toothbrushes, over the counter drugs).

Transportation

Day-to-day transportation related to or on behalf of a child; medical appointments, recreation and school attendance. Could include a bus pass.

Respite

Short intervals of time off from the day-to-day care of foster children.

Replacement Clothing

Provision for replacement clothing and clothing repairs, i.e., mending, putting in zippers, etc.

Personal Allowance

Child’s spending allowance solely for child’s personal use. For younger children may be used to purchase toys, etc., for their use.

Day Care/Babysitting

Care for child in care/natural child while caregiver is on child related business, i.e., school interviews, agency conference.

Damage/Deductibles

Payment of damages not covered by the Foster Parent Intentional Damage Compensation Plan (when a claim is made, the foster parent is expected to pay the deductible).

 

What are the different types of supports considered in the assessment? 

Service Fee:  Fee-for-service payments are made in addition to the basic maintenance per diem when an assessment shows that the needs of the child are beyond what is typically age appropriate.    Additionally, the foster parent must demonstrate the skills and abilities to meet those needs.  Service fees are provided directly to the caregivers.  (B&L would have used the term "skills fee" to describe the service fee.)

Respite:  Respite is intended to allow caregivers intervals of time away from their day-to-day care of children placed in their home.  The respite worker assumes the parenting role while the primary caregiver takes a break.  Total amounts of respite paid to the caregiver for all children placed in the home must be considered when determining any child-specific respite.

Support:  Support workers work alongside the foster parents to meet an assessed need for additional support.  Support can sometimes involved one to one work with the child.

Will there be any additional financial supports?

Costs associated with gifts, education, activities and special occasions for children in care should be determined through Authority or agency policy.  Please talk with your children's agency worker about costs that may be covered.

 

The below chart describes the types of items that could be covered:

Items

Description

Gifts

Provides a child in care with a gift on his/her birthday, Christmas (or equivalent), or other special event.

Education*

School-related costs such as physical education classes, driver’s education and other course fees, tutoring, school supplies, locker fees, field trips, and clothing for graduation.

Activities

Costs relating to sports and games, uniforms and equipment, hobbies, arts and crafts and bicycles.

Special Occasions

Money for the child to purchase gifts for natural family and caregiver’s family.


* NOTE: Education is the responsibility of Manitoba Education and school divisions.  Education services, including teaching assistants, are funded from the school per diem, special school programs, or the Education system Level II or III funding.