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      I think you may be misunderstanding me. I was in the process of

      becoming a foster parent when I found out I was pregnant. The

      original email which started this conversation, and additional emails

      which followed by the OP, spoke on how having foster children would

      help her budget. I get that you will be given $ to help with the

      costs of accepting another child in your household. I don’t believe

      that anyone who commented was talking about that. We were talkinga

      bout the fact that 1. it is likely that a family will spend MORE than

      what they receive from the government in order to take care of that

      child. 2. I can’t imagine that I would take on the responsiblity of

      accepting a child into my household because I’m going to benefit

      financially. Almost like a windfall.

      On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 5:02 PM, Suzi McMullen <smcmullen@kc.rr.com> wrote:

      > I understand how you feel. It’s easy to think at first that it should be

      > done purely from a giving standpoint. BUT, raising kids takes a lot of

      > effort. Homes, food, utilities, have to be paid for at the least.

      > Providing a home for kids is something that a person can’t just make happen

      > by wishing for it.

      >

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