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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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The other day, I happened to be talking about foster care with the teacher who I'm paired with for student teaching. The topic of money came up; how everyone thinks that foster parents get paid so much to take in foster children. I thought that might be a good topic to cover here as well.
Foster parents are given a very small stipend to help support the foster children that they take in. For example, I believe that it's twice a year that my parents are given some money from DSS as a clothing allowance for the kids. It's barely anything; my parents pay a lot out of pocket to give the kids a full wardrobe. The same goes for the money they're given for diapers when we have infants in our care. They spend a lot of their own money because the stipend from DSS just doesn't cover as much as the kids need.
People often think that foster parents are "being paid" to take in the children, and they're making so much money off of doing foster care. The truth is that foster parents will always put out more money than DSS will ever give them. It costs a lot to raise a child, whether that child be biological, foster, adopted, a step-child, or dropped off by a magical unicorn. It doesn't matter how the child came to your home; you should be financially prepared to take care of their needs and help them thrive.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.