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Foster Care Finances

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Foster parents across Oregon saw changes in their reimbursement checks starting October 1. Many of them are now receiving more money to care for children in the custody of the state, but some are receiving less to care for children who have special needs. The state is also making changes to the way they assess the level of care each child requires. Some parents who are already struggling to care for foster kids in the recession say these changes could make a tough situation even worse.

Do you have experience as a foster parent? What have the recent changes meant for you? Have you worked with children in foster care as a case worker, psychologist or medical professional? How do you see these changes affecting kids?

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