We had said in part 9 that you need your calculators because as promised we are going to do a simple math calculation in this portion of our series; the reason is in all fairness we need to look at what the foster parents are paid for taking care of the children. Remember what we said earlier about the decline in our good foster parents. Now you will see why.
We previously gave you an estimate of what each agency is paid by the federal/state government; Note; these figures are based on a National average, because each state reimburses foster parents in different amounts.
We said; the agencies are paid between $1500-$2600 per month for each child in their care. Amounts are directly connected to the specific needs and age of the child (ren), which of course in the case of special needs children the agency is paid more, (again and estimate based on the national average) between $3200-$4600 each month.
- However what do they pay the foster parents; The national average reimbursements for foster parents for a normal child (ren) that are placed into their licensed foster home is between $460-$550. per child, per month. Keep in mind that all states are different and that reimbursements are frequently depending on the age of the child.
If we use the highest figure, national average, the foster parents have three children in their home.; $550 X 3 =$1650..per month. Do your figures agree?
- Out of which they need to pay for the following;
- 1. Rent or house payment .
- 2. Utilities (increased)
- 3. Groceries (increased)
- 4. Gasoline to take each of the children to doctors appointments, therapy sessions, public schools, parent teacher conferences, and even parents visitations, etc.
- 5. Clothing such as; diapers, baby wipes, shoes, winter coats, tennis shoes at $70, most of which are not part of their clothing allowance, and that special prom dress.
- 6. School supplies each semester.
Question; Have any of you ever had a teenager in your home? Then when we say that just keeping food
in the refrigerator would be quit a task. What would you say, about $400. a month? Could you do all this on $1650? It would be imperative for someone to work outside the home in order to live on this amount.
- Other things to consider; as a foster parent you live in a glass house, no privacy.,
- have a background checked, fingerprinted.social workers in and out of your home
- not being told anything about the child who has just entered your home.
- you run the risk of an allegation at any time, real and present danger.
- then add the risk to your own biological children, due to the allegations
- hiring a lawyer to defend you.
Then we magnify those problems often with; social workers an unreasonable corrupt system, wacthing foster chidlren shuffled around like chess pieces, therapists, counselors, doctors, etc.
We encourage you to educate yourself, read our other articles and become knowledgeable prior to accepting this challenging obligation. In 11 part we look at what foster parents are paid for special needs children. Come join us, subscribe.