Changes are needed for Minnesota's Foster Care System: These kids need more homes.
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Our Minnesota Foster Care System is in a crisis . Minnesota Children in foster care are waiting for accommodating, and safe foster care homes. The current outdated laws are preventing some of the most experienced, and qualified foster parents from getting reimbursed monthly for doing foster care for these children. Current laws and regulations state that Foster Parents who receive Consumer Directed Community Supports grants (CDCS) for their disabled children, are NOT able to receive Minnesota Foster Care payments in addition to caring for a separate individual disabled child. Minnesota considers this "double dipping" even though it is for completely separate children. If the foster parents whom receive CDCS decide to do foster care , they must support these children out of their own financial means. This is impossible for most. The social workers whom place these children are working very hard to find proper placements for these kids. They are doing everything they can, but need more experience homes.
The fact is, that this monthly payment is NOT for the parents as a paycheck , but for the children's basic needs . Minnesota’s current foster care payments are low, and do not cover everything the child will need that month. Many of these children are special needs, and require much more care than the average child. There are many parents whom receive CDCS services, and are very qualified to do foster care for these children. These current laws are old, and out dated. Foster Parents cannot afford to pay out of pocket to raise these children. These laws need to be changed immediately, and brought current to the changing times, and specific needs of these foster care children for a proper placement within our foster care system.
We, the undersigned, call on Governor Mark Dayton to make immediate and necessary changes within the Minnesota foster care system, to allow parents and families who receive Consumer Directed Community Supports grants for their disabled children, able to receive monthly foster care payments in addition for the care of Foster children placed in their home by the State of Minnesota . Foster care children should have access to government paid daycare services, medical care, and other services to raise them appropriately in a safe, and nurturing home regardless of the CDCS payments for other children residing in the home .
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