I don’t know if paying foster parents more will improve the quality of foster care, but I found these statisticsĀ  intriguing and thought I should share them with the Forever Homes Community.

Those who care for a single foster child – the ideal situation – earn less per hour than an adolescent babysitter. And the children they receive are hardly the rosy-cheeked babies prospective foster families may envision. The average age of a foster child, nationally, is almost 11, and the average time he (a slight majority are male) will be in foster care is 15 months. More than half of all foster children have identified disabilities, and of growing intensity. As adults, they’ll suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at twice the rate of U.S. war veterans, according to the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study.

I guess I’ d rather see them up the rate of adoption subsidies. Why not put the money where it is part of a permanent solution. Plus it will help adoptive parents pay for broken, stolen and property damaged by kids whose issues are not completely solved…and maybe a few bucks for decent therapists too – not those Medicaid flunkies the state tries to send everyone to.
Lynn Owens
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Lynn Owens

Lynn is the co-founder of Forever Homes, and Owner of Canyon Lakes Family Counseling Center, a Mental Health Clinic, where he specializes in treating adopted and foster children. He has over 20 years experience in Residential Care, Foster Care and adoption. Combined he and his wife have parented about 100 kids.
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