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Financial Information: Clothing

Introduction The initial clothing allowance is an adequate supply of seasonal clothing to provide for necessary changes at the time of first placement into the DCF system. The cost standard represents the maximum amount that may be allowed for a child who comes into care without an adequate supply or no clothing at the time of placement.

This initial clothing allowance is supplemented by the monthly clothing allowance which is provided for the child on a monthly basis and is included in the basic reimbursement rate.

Initial Clothing Allowance The following gives the maximum amount that may be allowed toward an initial clothing allowance:
Age of Child Initial Clothing Allowance
0 - 5


6 - 11
12 and over
Social Worker Responsibility The Social Worker has responsibility for bringing the child to the foster home with clean suitable clothes, and with at least one change of clothing.

If necessary, the worker takes the child on a shopping trip to buy the needed clothing before the child goes to the foster home.

After placement, the foster mother/father and the social worker look over his clothing to determine his/her needs for the balance of his initial outfit.

Plan for the Use of Initial Outfit Consideration is given to the child's available supply of serviceable clothing, and the child's clothing needs. These are discussed with the foster parent(s).

The worker will plan with the foster parent for the use of the initial outfit allowance, considering not only the immediate clothing needs and the appropriate clothing for that season with consideration for possible growth of the child.

Working Within the Budget The monetary allowance for the initial outfit provides for the inclusion of the more expensive articles of clothing when necessary. It is recognized that the purchase of a winter coat, for example, may decrease the number of smaller articles supplied with the initial outfit, and these would be purchased with the first monthly clothing allowance.

On the other hand, when the season does not require that a snowsuit or winter coat be purchased, a more adequate supply of the smaller articles may be purchased as a part of the initial outfit thereby enabling the foster parent to save the clothing allowance toward the later purchase of the more expensive items.

The number of specific articles in the initial outfit list then may be somewhat flexible according to the immediate and future needs of the child.

Only use Vouchers When Needs are Immediate When a child needs clothing immediately, a voucher may be used to purchase necessary clothing by either the Social Worker or the foster parent.
Do Not Exceed Initial Clothing Allowance The total of the voucher shall not exceed the maximum amount established for an initial outfit of $300.00. In many cases, the child will have some clothing so it is not expected that every child will need the full amount allowed for the initial outfit.

Connecticut Department of Children and Families Issued: March 1, 1994