Payments lag for foster parents

Payments lag for foster parents

There are 36 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Oct 27, 2007, titled Payments lag for foster parents. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

The money North Carolina pays foster parents to care for children covers only about two-thirds of the actual cost, a new study shows.

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Jesse Franklin

AOL

#1 Oct 28, 2007
If I could have gotten foster pay for raising my own kids!!!!!!!!!!
Waiting for the check

Meadville, PA

#2 Oct 28, 2007
Good point Jesse....
Every parent should receive 'foster pay' monthly $$$ assistance for their OWN children from the Gub-ment.
Isn't that the Gub-ments primary function....giving away money.
puffin54

United States

#3 Oct 28, 2007
If you could just get a wage high enough to pay for child care when you work. Or maybe enough to pay for living costs when on Social Security. They keep telling us that it wasn't made to be all of your retirement. I lived when it was started and we were told it would provide for our old age.Of course they never thought we would live long enough to collect it. Suppose to die before it was to start paying. Now they stay behind on cost of living. So when SS gets the raise each year the Medicare cost goes up a little higher than you receive in the raise.
Gregg Childers

United States

#4 Oct 28, 2007
Jesse Franklin wrote:
If I could have gotten foster pay for raising my own kids!!!!!!!!!!
Many times foster parents have to dip into their own pockets to care for the children in their care. School supplies, field trips, after school activities, clothes, diapers, you name it all can cut into the monthly stipend that is given for their care. We as responsible adults plan for these things when we decide to have children. But when we are helping our community by being a part of these children's lives, we do not always have unlimited funds to care for them. Are we to tell a foster child that they cannot attend a school field trip? Should they not get the opportunities that every other child deserves? YES! they should. They deserve all the chances to succeed as any other child.

Please write your representatives on the local, state, and federal level and urge them to fund more money for foster and adoptive families. They are over 11,000 children in foster care in NC alone. There is a great need for families who want to make a positive impact on the children in care. Please feel free to visit NCFAPA.org for more info. Also, please feel free to email me at [email protected] and I will be happy to point you to the many organizations that one can seek to become a foster or adoptive parent.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#5 Oct 28, 2007
Waiting for the check wrote:
Good point Jesse....
Every parent should receive 'foster pay' monthly $$$ assistance for their OWN children from the Gub-ment.
Isn't that the Gub-ments primary function....giving away money.
But they're not caring for their own kids. They are offering a needed service and should get some compensation for the expenses. After seeing what they get with the living expenses here the SS dept are getting a great deal.
Lonzo

United States

#6 Oct 28, 2007
If the rate ever gets as high as recommended, I'll take two. Heck, my aunt in Mexico says she would like half a dozen even at the present rate.
Outspoken

Tempe, AZ

#7 Oct 28, 2007
So they don't even pay enough to cover the cost of day care for the little ones? This I never knew. I always assumed foster parents were paid enough to have a litle extra money. This is an eye-opener.
Not buying it

AOL

#8 Oct 28, 2007
I lived in Asheville 6 1/2 years. I am presently in Hickory area just over 1 year. I know people who are involved with the foster programs in NC.

One family in particular have been doing it for about 8-9 years now after the husband lost his job he held when manufacturing closed down in this region. He was only in his late 40's and was turned onto foster program from others in his church as a way to make income and restart again for his retirement.

Today, they have been taking care of up to 3 teenage girls at a time and receive full state benefits for each plus income allotment per month for each. The amount of money they get they also have utilized to purchase old properties they have remodeled and now rent out, so they have multiple rents coming in, plus what the state gives them for each of 3 teenage girls they are foster parents for, and these people have far more now in assets and property than the average person could ever think of.

The wife hadn't worked in years. The husband lost his job and 401K when the plant closed down. So for them to have what they have now, and knowing all they have for income was a fact they have 3 foster children tells me, it is a very lucrative business and much better than working like a slave for what is left in low wage jobs in the region.

So I certainly do question this article and the number they show, as I have first hand experience to those involved in the NC foster program and they certainly receive much more per month than this article reports.
Mary Lee

Asheville, NC

#9 Oct 28, 2007
I have a friend who is a do-gooder he wanted to help
children.Being a vet. he felt he owed something to
society in general(I personally think society should
take better care of vets)So he took on a couple of kids and tried to help. Before long he was financially,mentally and physically broken. he had to borrow money because he was not getting his checks on time.He used his own money, to house feed and clothes the kids. He finally just gave up and they went back into the system.and thats a shame.
wturk

United States

#10 Oct 28, 2007
Waiting for the check wrote:
Good point Jesse....
Every parent should receive 'foster pay' monthly $$$ assistance for their OWN children from the Gub-ment.
Isn't that the Gub-ments primary function....giving away money.
YepYepYep......I think that's called "welfare" and a whole big bunch of leeches have been doing that for decades!!
Bitter EX democrackkk

Morganton, NC

#11 Oct 28, 2007
Not buying it wrote:
I lived in Asheville 6 1/2 years. I am presently in Hickory area just over 1 year. I know people who are involved with the foster programs in NC.
One family in particular have been doing it for about 8-9 years now after the husband lost his job he held when manufacturing closed down in this region. He was only in his late 40's and was turned onto foster program from others in his church as a way to make income and restart again for his retirement.
Today, they have been taking care of up to 3 teenage girls at a time and receive full state benefits for each plus income allotment per month for each. The amount of money they get they also have utilized to purchase old properties they have remodeled and now rent out, so they have multiple rents coming in, plus what the state gives them for each of 3 teenage girls they are foster parents for, and these people have far more now in assets and property than the average person could ever think of.
The wife hadn't worked in years. The husband lost his job and 401K when the plant closed down. So for them to have what they have now, and knowing all they have for income was a fact they have 3 foster children tells me, it is a very lucrative business and much better than working like a slave for what is left in low wage jobs in the region.
So I certainly do question this article and the number they show, as I have first hand experience to those involved in the NC foster program and they certainly receive much more per month than this article reports.
I doubt they accumulated wealth thru the foster program...perhaps they had income that you dont know about...a lot of people have incomes that are difficult to track...
dadoldfart01

Barnesville, OH

#13 Oct 28, 2007
I feel the need to question their reasons for taking in Foster Children. Is it for the good of the Children or for profit to themselves?

“"We have come too far, ”

Since: Apr 07

Corinth, Texas

#14 Oct 28, 2007
FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS
SECTION 10.46.(a) The maximum rates for State
participation in the foster care assistance program are
established on a graduated scale as follows:
(1)$390.00 per child per month for children aged birth through 5;
(2)$440.00 per child per month for children aged 6 through 12; and
(3)$490.00 per child per month for children aged 13 through 18.
Of these amounts, fifteen dollars ($15.00) is a special needs
allowance for the child.

This is for the State of NC.
Flat Stanley

United States

#15 Oct 28, 2007
They don't receive enough to cover the cost of daycare, but many get child care vouchers at no cost to them.

Still, I think parents should get enough to cover the foster child's other expenses, like clothing, food, activities, toys, etc. I know parents whose foster kids came to them with the clothes on their backs and nothing else.

“"We have come too far, ”

Since: Apr 07

Corinth, Texas

#16 Oct 28, 2007
Please note that G.S. 108A-49(a) states:ďA county
department of social services shall pay, at a minimum, the monthly graduated foster care
assistance payments for eligible children as set by the General Assembly.

Be assured that the county will pay the minimum and not the maximum.
Mary Lee

Asheville, NC

#18 Oct 28, 2007
dadoldfart01 wrote:
I feel the need to question their reasons for taking in Foster Children. Is it for the good of the Children or for profit to themselves?
If the children get's taken care of and out the system why not? Taking care of kid's is a full time job.
Love for all

United States

#19 Oct 28, 2007
I have worked with over 50 kids through the years in that were in foster care and I can honestly say I never made profit at it. When you consider the expenses of raising a child the reimbursement is no were near enough. What people donít understand is that there is hours of training to go with the job. In addition foster kids require so many other things other things such as additional attention due to behaviors, required meeting and team meetings, transportation to visitations to name a few. In addition the majority of these children trend to have additional heath and mental health issues due to their prior environments. In many cases these children have little to nothing and have to be totally provided for. In addition these children can be and often are destructive. If I calculated all the hours I spent taking care of the kids, the cost of additional transportation, damages, attendance to court, meeting and other activities $490 comes no were close no does even $800. However, I still do it and certainly not for the money, nor for glory, but I do it because EVERY CHILD DESERVES LOVE! Before you complain and cast stones you take a call in the middle of the night and let a stranger in your home and love them as your own no matter what. If you can do this then still fill the same way so be it. As it stands now there are not enough of us who care out there to help to those who need it.
Say no to PP

United States

#20 Oct 28, 2007
I know a lot of foster parents and they certainly are not in it for the money. However I can not say the same about at least on agency. Professional Parenting is so concerned about making money and getting money that they have lost sight of taking care of children and working with good foster parents. As a result they have lost good foster parents and gained a few that only cares about the money. It agencies Professional Parenting that give foster parenting and adoption a big BLACK EYE. I would only support raising the rate if Professional Parenting was banned from working with children. They are truly in it for the money and the ability to party. All you have to do is look at the walls in their office to see that partying is the most important thing. To heck with the kids I just want to be able to get paid for a few hours and do nothing the rest of the time.
Bulls Eye

Morganton, NC

#21 Oct 28, 2007
you shouldnt be around children
Gregg Childers

United States

#22 Oct 28, 2007
Not buying it wrote:
I lived in Asheville 6 1/2 years. I am presently in Hickory area just over 1 year. I know people who are involved with the foster programs in NC.
One family in particular have been doing it for about 8-9 years now after the husband lost his job he held when manufacturing closed down in this region. He was only in his late 40's and was turned onto foster program from others in his church as a way to make income and restart again for his retirement.
Today, they have been taking care of up to 3 teenage girls at a time and receive full state benefits for each plus income allotment per month for each. The amount of money they get they also have utilized to purchase old properties they have remodeled and now rent out, so they have multiple rents coming in, plus what the state gives them for each of 3 teenage girls they are foster parents for, and these people have far more now in assets and property than the average person could ever think of.
The wife hadn't worked in years. The husband lost his job and 401K when the plant closed down. So for them to have what they have now, and knowing all they have for income was a fact they have 3 foster children tells me, it is a very lucrative business and much better than working like a slave for what is left in low wage jobs in the region.
So I certainly do question this article and the number they show, as I have first hand experience to those involved in the NC foster program and they certainly receive much more per month than this article reports.
There are children that are labeled theraputic for numerous medical conditions and those children to bring larger vouchers. These children also require more full time care thus taking families that do not have a 9-5 job. I am sure that in some of these cases there would be extra money especially with three.

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