(Closed) Do they check income for foster parents?

posted 3 years ago in Adoption & Surrogacy
Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Did I miss an edit or something? I don’t see where she said A) this is practice for “real” kids or B) I’m kicking them out when I have my own. Maybe she’s a very kind hearted soul and wants to open her house to kids in need. Not all foster kids live with you forever. Some are temporarily taken from families til they get their act together. You are all just speculating like craaaaazy.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

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Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

April Fool’s??

Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m flabbergasted lol

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Seriously, is this even real?? You want to *try* out having children by fostering, but you are not even sure you can afford it? 

Thank you for being one of those who make my job that much harder <smh>

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

FantasticFawn:  I wouldnt let her foster a stuffed teddy bear.

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Alright, I’m going to take one for the team here and not chew this lady out. Going to give you the benefit of the doubt OP. Perhaps you may want to redo your wording on this. I’m hoping you are coming from a nice place, at least. Did you mean like emergency drop in care? Not long term. In my area, I know emergency foster care comes into play from children getting removed from their homes in a very quick situation until a family member can be reached, etc. I’m hoping thats more of what you meant.

Post # 39
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Busy bee

As someone who was a foster parent and was placed with an infant who we adopted  16 months later this is so offensive to me.

Have you researched foster care at all? Do you know what’s invovled? It’s weeks and weeks of classes, home studies, character refrences, and stacks of paperwork. You have to be backround checked and fingerprinted. Foster care is NOT for the weak!!

It can be very rewarding and we had a wonderful experince with it, my daughter is now 6 and is just thriving in kindergarten.

Yes, they will check your income, you have to be stable in your life. That being said you are paid monthly for the children you have (in our state it’s $682 a month per child under the age of 5) This is not a warm up to have kids down the road. These children are coming from BAD situations and require a lot of love, attention, and have needs unlike any children you have ever met.

We were very lucky that our daughter was born healthy, and didn’t have any issues, but I have friends who have dealt with newborns that are going through withdrawls from being born addicted to drugs, or newborns that have fetal alcohol syndrome. Also older kids require so much attention, a lot of them have been severely neglected and suffer from reactive attachement disorder.

Now add in the biological parent conponent- are you willing to deal with visits with birth parents? Running the child all over town to visit with their kids, and attending court hearings, and dealing with social workers coming into your home on a montly basis.

As I stated before we had a wonderful expereience, but it’s exhausting! When our adoption was final it was the biggest relief. But we had a heartbreaking situation occur 2 years later-my daughters birth mom had another baby that was placed with us, after 6 months she was taken away and went back to the birthmom- are you willing to deal with that? There can be a lot of heartbreak invovled in this process. I really encourage you to research this before you do anything.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m trying not to be offended that only parents should be foster parents.  That’s totally bullshit.  One of the best foster parents I know never had bio kids or adopted and has successfully fostered over 150 teenagers, the ones no one else wants.

Post # 42
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

karen12:  No one said that….

OP, I imagine they will check your income.  If you don’t think your financially able to care for your own kids, don’t take in foster children.  These kids often come from traumatic lives and need your full commitment, not a temporary practice run for your own biological kids.

Post # 43
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Helper bee

If you only want a child for a short time I would look at hosting an exchange student. The only income requirement is you can’t be on any state/federal assistance and you must be able to feed them 3 meals a day and they need a bed (not futon). They can stay from a month, summer, semester, or an entire school year.

 

Post # 44
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

LVtennisgirl80:  that sounds really heartbreaking. 🙁  I hope your daughter’s sister is ok!

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

JiminyCricket:  carolinabelle:  on my phone, can’t copy and paste . Two posters on page 2, only experienced parents should be foster parents. 

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