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      Lots of emphasis on the HEARTACHE
      (we’ve had a total of 26 foster children in our home over the past 4 years)

      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 Tue, 7/29/08, Suzi McMullen wrote:

      From: Suzi McMullen
      Subject: Re: Budget101.com : I got news
      To:
      Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 7:15 PM

      Yeah, but it’s anything BUT a windfall. It’s actuallyhard work, pain, heartachesometimes. I realize most states can not afford to make it financially rewarding. But if there was a way it should be done.

      Suzi


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      From: Monique

      To: Budget101_@yahoogro ups.com

      Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:04 PM

      Subject: Re: Budget101.com : I got news

      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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