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Some foster parents will receive half as much money to take care of children in the fiscal year that starts July 1 because of $35 million in tax cuts approved during this year’s legislative session, a spokesman for the governor said Wednesday.

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Arkansas, Pages 9 on 06/23/2011

Print Headline: Aid cut to some foster parents

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  • callinitasicit
    June 23, 2011 at 1:03 p.m.

    I was a foster parent and had to return to work full time and work overtime in order to provide for my foster children at the current rate. The state was supposed to allow them to play sports, join boyscouts and etc and they pay for it but they never did and there are deadlines to enroll them and get the needed things so I paid out of pocket and never was reimbursed. At xmas each kid was allowed two gifts and there case workers called and asked what they wanted. The kids told them or for the young I told them what they had been wishing santa would bring. Well, thankfully I worked and provided a good xmas for them and I didn't think 2 gifts were very explainable as to why the elves didn't make more so I bought them gifts from each other (they are allowed $25 from the state but if they have 4 foster siblings it doesn't go far), myself and santa. well, as I expected Santa never came through with the only 2 gifts they were to provide them so they would have had no presents to open xmas morning if I had not spent alot of money myself. Some foster parents in reality have them to make ends meet which is not practical and sad for the kids! I am sure they didn't buy them not one gift and if dhs didn't bring the 2 gifts they got nothing!!! Please think of adopting at least one or two foster kids to play santa for each year! some people are trying to supplement their income at the expense of foster kids! as for the therapeutic kids, well watch how many get thrown out now and stuck into psych facilities! If you don't foster from the heart you don't need to foster but that doesn't stop these children from needing loving homes and this will be devasting on them and they will not understand a budget cut!god bless!

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