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It sounds like there are many unhappy Foster Parents out there. One reminder, there is no law requiring citizens to provide Foster Care in this State (or any other State).
In addition, one of the DHS policies for Foster Care providers is that they be self sufficient without the Foster Care money, so for those of you who think this is the mortgage payment (on the back of the state, and at the expense of those you supposedly provide care for) think again. This payment is purely a reimbursement for the costs incurred caring for the child. It is not an income subsidy intended to match what you think you could earn in the job market.
In addition to these payments, countless organizations, including DHS, provide school supplies, clothing vouchers, and Christmas presents to Foster Kids.
Under the new system, DHS invested an additional 13 million dollars in to Foster care payments, and the average rate, for special needs as well as basic care, increased by over $300 per child per month. Furthermore, according to the DHS web site, people who take children from residential treatment, or other institutions are eligible for an "enhanced rate" for the first 21 days, that rate exceeds forty dollars a day (until they can get a CANS screening). At that time the rate may go up or down depending on the actual needs of the child.
It is really unfortunate that the children of this state are at the mercy of the people on this forum who claim to be Foster Parents. I do hope you “quit your jobs” and go to work elsewhere, Oregon’s children deserve better.
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