In part 10 we discovered how much foster parents are reimbursed for their efforts, we also found out what some of the risks are for a normal child.
Now let us take a look at special needs children; remember in a previous part we said that any label that places the child on a drug makes the child special needs, which is probable when you consider that one out of ten children are on some sort of drugs for medical, emotional or mental problems.
- Foster parents are paid between $678-$954 per child per month for caring for the special needs children, using the highest figure and having the average of three in their homes at any one time, (we realize there are exceptions to this average). $954 X 3= $2862 per month. Along with the increase in reimbursements goes more responsibility, more costs due to the needs of the child, more time involved, etc.
Now remember as we said above, with special needs children we are talking about children with serious problems and/or those who are on drugs. However, foster parents are usually not informed of problems children have prior to taking them into their homes may have.
Examples; There are times when a child has serous emotional, medical, physical problems of which are not informed, (Privacy Act). Here are a few examples we have seen; HIV, violent behavior, fire starters, self-mutilation, bed-wetting, sexually active or even convictions of child molestation that you expose your own biological children to. These behavioral foster parents are not aware of until experienced and observing the child.
Here are facts gathered through research from many different websites, however the one that we chose to quote, found most useful is; http://prairieguy.wordpress.com/2007/10/04/foster-care-reimbursement-rates/
“Most states reimburse foster parents significantly less than the actual cost of raising a foster child, complicating the task of finding good homes for children who need them, according to this first-of-its-kind survey”.
“The survey analyzed regional living expenses and calculated on a state-by-state basis the minimum cost of adequately raising a foster child. Only Arizona and the District of Columbia pay foster parents more than this minimum amount, according the survey”.
“To adequately cover the cost of rearing a foster child, base payments would need to be increased as follows: Please go to this website to read the recommendations this survey concluded and which states need improvement.”
Go on to 12…get your calculator out again. Now we continue in our quest; We once again will do some simple calculations.