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      I totally applaud you for what you are doing. I think it’s wonderful and I hope you have a great experience. I just think you may be looking at the money they give you as helping you personally.

      But kids are expensive and they don’t give you very much. Everydime they give you is for taking care of that little one. I know you can shop for clothes at the thrift store etc.

      But you will be responsible for all their food, clothes, toys, and basically any needs that come up. They will flush the toilet more, blow their nose, you’ll need wet ones, maybe diapers andyou might need to keep the house a little warmer or cooler than you have if you’ve been making yourself suffer. You’ll have more laundry, wear and tear on the house and kids break things.

      When it’s all said and done foster care is a volunteer thing, not a making money thing. I’ve known a lot of people that have done it. In many cases they have ended up adopting the kids too and then that money goes away.

      They do pay a little more for kids that require extra care like if they are sick or have special needs. But then you would need to take more classes to be qualified. If you want to go out with your husband then you’ll need a caregiver and the state will only pay for childcare if you work outside the home.

      This is why when it all comes out in the wash my daycare isn’t as profitable as people think it would be. Kids are EXPENSIVE creatures 🙂


      Original Message
      From: Debra
      Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 7:25 PM
      Subject: : I got news

      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.


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