I don’t know if paying foster parents more will improve the quality of foster care, but I found these statistics 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.
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