For some reason, links are not working on this site today, so I am reposting the full text from my other blog.
Recently, I received a response to my FOIL request from Delaware County (NY) on a number of issues.
As part of the response I received rates of reimbursement established by Delaware County (NY) for foster care parents, which I am publishing here:
Based on the daily "regular service and maintenance" rates, the following calculations as to monthly and yearly reimbursements can be made:
|per day||per month||per year|
|Normal||0-5 years||$ 15.89||$ 476.70||$ 5,799.85|
|Normal||6-11 years||$ 19.14||$ 574.20||$ 6,986.10|
|Normal||12+ years||$ 22.13||$ 663.90||$ 8,077.45|
|Special||Any age||$ 38.22||$ 1,146.60||$13,950.30|
|Exceptional||Any age||$ 62.43||$ 1,872.90||$22,786.95|
Parents whose children are in foster care have a right to verify at which level their children are labeled, and how their foster parents are reimbursed for their care - and whether the monies provided for the "care and maintenance" are actually used for the purpose of "care and maintenance", or simply goes into the foster parents' pockets.
Apparently, it is very lucrative for a foster parent in Delaware County (and many foster parents in Delaware County, NY get such positions because they are officers or employees of local governments) to get a child into foster care who is still young (and does not eat much), but who is labeled "special" (behaviorally difficult) or "exceptional" (whichever the Commissioner deems "exceptional") - because keeping such a child pays more.
Please, remember that when a child is grabbed by social services and put into foster care, it often happens to poor parents whose children are on Medicaid and monthly SSI payments from the federal government.
And, that social services always bring child support proceedings against parents for children in foster care.
So, parents whose children are in foster care have a chance to verify whether the monies from the feds (SSI), from Delaware County as per reimbursement schedules I publish here, and monies squeezed from parents in child support, are actually used for the child, or simply soaked by the County into its "general account" and used for purposes unrelated to the child's care, which is fraud.
Here are also money allowances or "stipends" that must be provided to foster care children - so parents can verify whether that is done by foster parents or not.
There is also clothing allowance:
|0-5 years||$ 1.10||$ 33.00||$ 401.50|
|6-11 years||$ 1.54||$ 46.20||$ 562.10|
|12-15 years||$ 2.39||$ 71.70||$ 872.35|
|15 + years||$ 2.92||$ 87.60||$ 1,065.80|
So, if your child is in foster care in Delaware County for a year, and he is, let's say, 12 years old, and he has "behavioral problems", the rate of reimbursement for him will be:
When a child is put into foster care, there are, as shown above, powerful financial incentives involved to keep the child there, not reunite the child with his parents, as Social Services are required to do by law.