Modest damages and loss costs are normal
in the care of children, and are included in the base rate; however, the
department may reimburse a foster parent for damages and loss up to $6,000 if
(1) the damage or loss is a result of a
deliberate act with malicious intent of the foster child, or with gross
negligence of the child;
considering the child's maturity and behavioral history, the foster parents
were providing adequate supervision and exercised appropriate
(3) the damage or loss
does not include rental or other payment for lost time, wages, or use of the
damaged or lost items;
damage or loss exceeds $150 for a single event or $200 cumulative each
(5) the damage or loss is
documented by the foster parent, including filing a report with law enforcement
if required by the department; and
(6) the damage or loss is not covered by any
insurance protection the foster parent has.
(b) The department may arrange for
restitution by the child instead of by the department.
(c) The department may use the services of an
assessor to determine the appropriateness of, and dollar amount paid for, a
damage or loss claim.