Support the Caretakers Who Raise Abused Children
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We need a change in who can claim a child or receive help for a child, when the child is not related to you!! We have custody of a child, Through the State of Pennsylvania!! He was placed in our custody because his Mother abused him badly. We did not say to ourselves, will we be compensated for taking care of this child, NO, we took this child and loved him like he was one of our own!! He has been in our custody since he was three years old, he is now seventeen! Since we had this child we worked and took care of him, we fell on hard times a couple times and went to the State for help, we were told that we either made too much, we couldn't get child support because his biological parents were on welfare or because he Was Not related to us!! You didn't tell us that when we offered to take him out of the custody of the State!! However, you wouldn't have to pay Foster Care to take care of him!! But the Biggest thing that we got smacked with is when the State kept our Refund stating we could not file because He Was Not Related!! This needs to change!! If you place a child with someone other than a relative, there should be No Reason Why They Do Not Receive the Same Benefits!! They are Stepping Up to take care of a child that either the parents couldn't or the State Didn't Want!! How fair is this on the one's who did step up to the plate to save a child?? It's like a smack in the face when you go to get help!! I hope the Lawmakers have a heart and see how wrong this is to the Caretakers!!
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