Services for Children in Foster Care Medicaid- Most children in out-of-home care are eligible to receive a medical card. For those who are not eligible, DCBS is responsible for medical expenses. Foster Care Reimbursement- Foster parents receive a daily rate, or per diem, which is a reimbursement for meeting the child’s needs, based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) estimated cost to care for a child. The per diem is provided to cover expenses for housing, food, school and recreational expenditures, nonmedical transportation, baby- sitting, respite, some clothing expenses, and an allowance for the child. Treatment Services- The child’s worker will assist with making necessary referrals to community service providers and coordinating needed services for the child. This may include counseling or other mental health services, evaluation and therapies for developmental delays, or other services to meet identified needs. Independent Living Services- The John Chafee Independence Program mandates that all children in care age 12 and older receive independent living services. These services may include instruction in the foster home on daily living skills, formal Life Skills, classes and financial assistance for postsecondary education. Assistance provided for youth to continue their education or vocational training includes: • Tuition Assistance. Youth ages 18 to 21 who extend their commitment to DCBS for educational purposes are eligible for tuition assistance to attend college or vocational training. • Tuition waiver. Tuition for any Kentucky public college/ university or a technical school in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is waived for any child committed to DCBS when he or she turns 18 or any special needs child adopted from DCBS. • Educational Training Voucher (ETV). Available for youth who left foster care at the age of 18 or who were adopted from DCBS when they were 16 years of age or older. The maximum amount is $5,000 per student per year. Allowable expenses include books, rent, day care, transportation, utilities, and food.