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We were foster parents for a youth with complicated mental health needs and we were part of his extended family. Things were going really well for several months. ONe day he told his counselor he was afraid of us and this was reported. The caseworker let us know we would be investigated and eventually our foster son explained he did not like how we made him do his chores, homework etc. and this was scarey cuz he was used to doing what he wanted. The youth was told it was good to tell someone if he did not feel safe. We had some more meetings and all of us, the youth, our family, the counselor and caseworker agreed we would continue to try and make his placement with us work and it did. The case worker had done a great job of preparing us that being investigated could be part of being a foster parent, tho it was very hard couple of days, we were told not to take it personal that this was normal and that it was check and balance to keep kids safe. Looking back the worker did a great job of balancing everyones needs and making sure the foster child was safe. I am very concerned that one of the budget cuts is 10% reduction in payment for foster care. It is a very hard job in many ways and there are many costs beyond basic food and shelter that the current stipend does not cover.
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