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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Oh Please

Waynesville, NC

#23 Oct 28, 2007
No MORE MONEY FOR FOSTER CARE. If these people are really in it for the children then take there money away and see how fast they send those children right back. Most are in it for the MONEY. You can say it all you want but the bottom line is the MONEY (GREED) most families who are foster families never had what they can have with the extra income. Cry me a river most are not in it for what they can do for the child

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Albermarle

#24 Oct 28, 2007
Lawrence wrote:
i think if i had the time to spend with a foster child, where i could temporarily provide them a better way of life, be a mentor, and lay and build a good foundation for them, maybe intervene in a cycle of life that isn't headed anywhere, and make a difference...
i think that would be all the payback i'd want...
not saying i will raise another's child for free, but i wouldn't be doing it for an income...
some of these foster family's are worse than puppy mills...
You wouldnt have a chance "mentoring" a child after they saw how you acted on here ;u]

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Albermarle

#25 Oct 28, 2007
Oh Please wrote:
No MORE MONEY FOR FOSTER CARE. If these people are really in it for the children then take there money away and see how fast they send those children right back. Most are in it for the MONEY. You can say it all you want but the bottom line is the MONEY (GREED) most families who are foster families never had what they can have with the extra income. Cry me a river most are not in it for what they can do for the child
you CAN NOT raise a child on 500/month ya moron.....
Matt

Greenville, SC

#26 Oct 28, 2007
No good deed goes.............
Gregg Childers

Houston, TX

#27 Oct 29, 2007
Oh Please wrote:
No MORE MONEY FOR FOSTER CARE. If these people are really in it for the children then take there money away and see how fast they send those children right back. Most are in it for the MONEY. You can say it all you want but the bottom line is the MONEY (GREED) most families who are foster families never had what they can have with the extra income. Cry me a river most are not in it for what they can do for the child
Since we are all human, there would have to be parents out there who are in it just for the money but the majority of foster parents are in it for the children.

We have a foster child right now that I will call "Q". When Q came to us, all Q had was a the shirt and pants Q had on and a sippy cup. Notice that I did not mention diapers or shoes. Those had to be purchased. Yes, there are clothing vouchers but those only go so far when you have to start a child's wardrobe from scratch with socks, underwear or diapers (or both for some truth be known), shoes, pants, you get the drift. And guess what? Foster kids grow just like any other child so you have to get larger sizes, etc. Clothing vouchers are issued once a year per child. You have different seasons to buy, etc. I will not go on with that.
What about toys? Yes most families have toys to share but every kid needs at least something to call their own.
Foster parents are very resourceful and use networks to swap clothes, etc. but kids cost alot to raise. That is why some parents never have children and foster parents know that is why many families do not choose to foster.
Bottom line is that the level of stipends (not pay) given monthly for the care of these children needs to be raised.
Tony

Four Oaks, NC

#28 Dec 19, 2007
My wife and I have adopted two children. One was 14 months, and the other was 18 months when they came into our homes. We adopted because we wanted to give a child a loving home. I do agree that the payrate should be higher than 390.00 etc... due to the fact of the rising cost of clothing, food, daycare expenses, etc... I suggest $750:00 a month ages 1-5 to offset expenses. That is just enough to take care of his and her needs as well as put something aside for college, field trips, etc....

“"We have come too far, ”

Since: Apr 07

Corinth, Texas

#29 Dec 19, 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.
The rates are correct as stated in the article. You can believe what you wish but if the people claim they did all that which you claim on foster care payment, then either you misunderstood or they are lying through their teeth( if they have any).
My late wife worked with DSS for a good number of years and I provided pro-bono counseling, after I retired, for foster kids in the department so we were very familiar with what FC parents received. I think our direct experience outweighs your hearsay of no real experience.

Foster Parents do a service that very few people will do. I have yet to meet a FP who does it for the money. Those who got into the FC program for financial gain soon lost interest and were gone in a flash. You don't even break even in NC for sure. I commend those who provide such a service for kids. I certainly hope that NC will soon catch up to just the standard recommended rates and even then it won't be enough.
Lou

Sims, NC

#30 Mar 26, 2008
Children are a gift from God no matter what disabilities they have or environmental situations they were in before they go into foster care. They as we all were placed on this earth with a God-given purpose. Anyone that decides to take one in with the intent to care for them solely and not be so concerned about the monetary benefits of having them there will recieve their rewards somewhere down the road. In other words they will be paid by God. One needs to place oneself in that childs position and decide how they would want to be treated. I am sure it would not be as a meal ticket. It is not the childrens fault they do not ask to come into this cold insensitive world but they are placed here for a reason. It is not for us to judge them but to do the best we can for them once we sign the papers saying we want to do that type of work. Foster Care is a ministry and if you have the love of Jesus in your heart you will be able to take a child in and love him/her as though it were your child. Keeping in mind to do unto the child what you would if in that predicament want done to you. Even if it meant going into your own pocket you will be blessed for it. You reap what you sow. That particular child may be the only one willing to give you your last drink of water. If you do not have the love, compassion, patience and qualifications it requires to be human enough to take in a child and not worry about the money then SHAME ON YOU. Leave the children where they are and allow someone that does take a child in. Money,Money,Money you can not take it with you. Ask yourself why you really want the child before you pursue fostering?
Gregg Childers

Houston, TX

#31 May 19, 2008
Lou wrote:
Children are a gift from God no matter what disabilities they have or environmental situations they were in before they go into foster care. They as we all were placed on this earth with a God-given purpose. Anyone that decides to take one in with the intent to care for them solely and not be so concerned about the monetary benefits of having them there will recieve their rewards somewhere down the road. In other words they will be paid by God. One needs to place oneself in that childs position and decide how they would want to be treated. I am sure it would not be as a meal ticket. It is not the childrens fault they do not ask to come into this cold insensitive world but they are placed here for a reason. It is not for us to judge them but to do the best we can for them once we sign the papers saying we want to do that type of work. Foster Care is a ministry and if you have the love of Jesus in your heart you will be able to take a child in and love him/her as though it were your child. Keeping in mind to do unto the child what you would if in that predicament want done to you. Even if it meant going into your own pocket you will be blessed for it. You reap what you sow. That particular child may be the only one willing to give you your last drink of water. If you do not have the love, compassion, patience and qualifications it requires to be human enough to take in a child and not worry about the money then SHAME ON YOU. Leave the children where they are and allow someone that does take a child in. Money,Money,Money you can not take it with you. Ask yourself why you really want the child before you pursue fostering?
How many years have you been a foster parent Lou?
kimberly dawn ballew

Louisville, KY

#32 Jun 12, 2008
I have been a Foster Parent for a year now in Ky,My Husband and I decided to become Parents after my brother-in-law started going to classes and in conversation we became interested.I've read all the comments that have been posted in this forum and it is amazing how people talk and make comments about things they have know knowledge about:(Being a Foster Parent is a job,and a tough one.Constant problems with these kids,constant heartaches.The money that Foster Parents receive should be the least worries of these people making these comments.If it is such a easy job,why don't they become a Foster Parent instead of talking about something they don't have any knowledge of.
kimberly dawn ballew

Louisville, KY

#33 Jun 12, 2008
My husband and I became Foster Parents a year ago,after my brother-in-law started taking classes to become a Foster Parent,We became interested and started going to training.I was just reading some of the comments made by some of these ignorant people on the Foster Care subject.Being a Foster Parent is one of the hardest jobs I have ever had.I enjoy helping and caring for these children but their problems can tear you apart.And for all the people who think that everyone is in Foster Parenting for the money then if you don't have knowlegde of the subject you are commenting on keep your comments to yourself.Or become a Foster Parent and then you can know what is all about.Because if you we're taking care of these kids just for the money,their is'nt enough money in the world!!!
kimberly dawn ballew

Louisville, KY

#34 Jun 12, 2008
you would never have to worry about being a foster parent with your ignorant comments.
Rebecca

Philadelphia, PA

#35 Oct 2, 2008
Why shouldn't foster parents be 'paid' or really 'reimbursed' for taking care of someone elses child? Yes the government shouldn't pay for video games for all children, but for the children who are abused and neglected the government is required to keep them safe.
You think that these children would be better categorized as 'free to a good home'?
Comparing raising children to dogs is insulting.
Yes there are horror stories of foster care. BUT there are horror stories everywhere JUST as there are HAPPY stories in both foster and biological homes.
NO scum should not be foster parents, But what I want to see is EVERYONE who thinks foster parents shouldn't get paid SIGN UP. Go on you think foster parents are defensive TRY IT. Try spending all of your love and energy into a child you have no rights to. Try breaking your heart every time the judge believes a sob story. Try explaining to a child why they can't go home. Try explaining to a child why there father was wrong in what he did to her.
GO on become foster parents or get off your soap box.
BTW I am in the process of becoming a foster parent for just those reasons.
jr texas

AOL

#36 Oct 12, 2008
it takes all your money ,love and your life to be a foster parent. we have been foster parents for 7 years and i dont see you have any extra money or energy. you cant do this for money it has to be a mission to help maybe to save our next generatione
please stop

Richmond, VA

#37 Nov 4, 2008
Lou wrote:
Children are a gift from God no matter what disabilities they have or environmental situations they were in before they go into foster care. They as we all were placed on this earth with a God-given purpose. Anyone that decides to take one in with the intent to care for them solely and not be so concerned about the monetary benefits of having them there will recieve their rewards somewhere down the road. In other words they will be paid by God.
One needs to place oneself in that childs position and decide how they would want to be treated. I am sure it would not be as a meal ticket. It is not the childrens fault they do not ask to come into this cold insensitive world but they are placed here for a reason. It is not for us to judge them but to do the best we can for them once we sign the papers saying we want to do that type of work. Foster Care is a ministry and if you have the love of Jesus in your heart you will be able to take a child in and love him/her as though it were your child. Keeping in mind to do unto the child what you would if in that predicament want done to you. Even if it meant going into your own pocket you will be blessed for it. You reap what you sow. That particular child may be the only one willing to give you your last drink of water. If you do not have the love, compassion, patience and qualifications it requires to be human enough to take in a child and not worry about the money then SHAME ON YOU. Leave the children where they are and allow someone that does take a child in. Money,Money,Money you can not take it with you. Ask yourself why you really want the child before you pursue fostering?
Apparently those of you speaking on the money aspect, must not have children of your own. Question is; why take on children or adults for that matter in your home if you are not financially stable? Wouldn't you be putting them in worst situations than they are already in? It isn't about the money, but in this cold society and world we all live in everyone acts as if money is a prize possession. Everybody puts a price on everything making it impossible for anyone to be giving. How can you give your heart and your home when money is what all you expect. You had better believe the mortgage company isn't going to allow you to miss those payments so you can be charitable. Therefore to sum up all of yalls comments, money is needed for food, shelter, activities, clothing and all of life necessities. What kind of comment would you write if you read an article that said, a millionaire opens her home to become a permanent foster mom to over 25+ children? No strings attached, except she love children. You still wouldn't say anything nice or motivational because you all think so negative about life. If you are not a foster parent why even comment. People like you make this world a horrible place to live in or support anyone that need a little help. Word to the wise, you are going to talk negative no matter what good thing people do. So again just please stop.
foster parent supporter

Monroe, NC

#38 Jun 26, 2013
Ticker wrote:
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.
Sorry these figures are not true, the monthly board payment is more than what you have posted! I am a foster parent and i have had a young men age 13-up and my payment was more that what you have posted! Search again thank you!

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