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      We are going with a private foster care program and it does reimburse for extra curricular activities and school activities, pays for hair cuts, gives a monthly clothing allowances, $25 for their birthday and supplies Christmas presents from their wish list for Christmas. Also the pay scale depends on the child and the needs of the child and its to cover daily expenses and extra for the family. They have respite hours that the foster family earns also.

      We are in contact with one, my husband works with the foster dad. They have 3 children and get $2100 a month, plus their respite hours total up and in November they get the bonus check around $1900. The Foster mom decided to quit working long days to stay home with her children so the chose to be Foster parents and they now have money to pay all the family bills and go on time share vacations and all.

      They did warn against going with state agencies and some others that are not good to work with and pay well for the kids.

      Debbie


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      From: Pj
      To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, July 25, 2008 10:22 AM
      Subject: Re: Budget101.com : I got news- foster parenting

      we have been a foster family for years. if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
      don’t count on it being much additional income. most states pay very little reimbursement, often not enough to cover the additional monthly expenses – to say nothing of how much all the extra-curricular activities cost!

      my kiddos are in little league, parks & rec, dance class, after school activities and piano lessons, and none of those are something that our state will reimburse for.
      the rewards have to come from knowing you’ve made a positive difference in the life of a child – if only for the time that they’re in your home.
      good luck,

      Pj
      Insane Mom to J, J, N, L, B, H, N, N, N, B, B, K, K, T, S, R
      ages 29y – 14mo (but only 10+ kids at home now)

      — On Thu, 7/24/08, Debra wrote:

      From: Debra
      Subject: Budget101.com : I got news
      To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thursday, July 24, 2008, 5:25 pm

      To help our budget plus give a home to a needed child we are going to
      be foster parents. We have our first appoinment in August then a home
      visit and then the training. So we might have a little one to fill our
      empty house before Christmas.

      My kids are all grown up and have their own kids so we have an empty
      house and since I am at home its a very quiet house. I miss my kids
      being little and doing family things and so we have a chance to be a
      busy family again for a child in need.

      I am anxious to see what age child we get and relearn everything about
      being a mom to a young one again. I figured since I have grandkids I am
      used to being around the little ones too. My daughter lived with us
      till recently with her 2 children, which now she has her 3rd.

      My husband and I are looking forward to our future.

      Debbie

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