Child Care Assistance
Foster children in your home qualify for child care subsidy benefits, regardless of your family’s income. However, each foster parent must have a valid need reason.
Valid needs for Child Development and Care (CDC) include:
- Approved Activity.
- Employment preparation and/or training activity.
- Post-secondary, undergraduate education.
- High School Completion.
- Family Preservation.
- Court-ordered activity.
- Treatment activity.
- Condition being treated by a physician.
- Children’s Protective Services/Foster Care plan activity.
Please choose your child care provider carefully. The CDC payment amount may not cover all child care expenses for your chosen provider, causing out-of-pocket expenses to vary. You will be responsible for paying any uncovered portion! Make sure to ask your provider about any costs you might incur.
Remember to complete a Provider Verification [DHS-4025]. You and the provider must both sign this document.
You may apply online at www.michigan.gov/mibridges. MDHHS has 30 days to process a CDC application.
**If you are inappropriately denied child care, you should follow the administrative hearing process. Details of how to initiate this process are listed on your denial letter.**
You may search for licensed child care that is a good fit for your family at www.greatstarttoquality.org.
Additional information about CDC found at www.michigan.gov/childcare
Please click HERE for a webinar that walks through the process of applying for the CDC for a child in foster care.