Thursday, March 24, 2005

More Than I Make In A Year...


Here's an advertisement for foster parents:

An excerpt:

You could be her foster parent or one for a child like her. Initial and ongoing training, as well as 24-hour support, is provided. Dare foster parents need to have a GED/high school diploma and a spare bedroom. A clothing allowance and medical/dental coverage for the child is available. An $18,000-per-year, non-taxable reimbursement is rewarded. Orientation begins Tuesday, April 5. For more information, call ....

And, remember... for each child taken from his or her natural family, the system gets $30,000 per year in state and federal funds, up to $100,000 per "special needs" child. "Special needs" includes being part of a sibling group, being of mixed race, physically or mentally challenged. Oh, yes, and let's not forget medications (what would the "special needs" category be without mind medications?), especially the ones for those subjective pseudo-disorders such as ADD, ADHD, etc. (Hey, if they're not "special needs" when they get them, they will be -- once the CPS system gets their dirty paws on them.)

With the rates of children prescribed those medications -- mind altering, chemical altering drugs for which they have no real knowledge of long term effect on children -- skyrocketing beyond belief, it is probably a rare child in the system that's not "special needs", bringing in the big bucks! Which, I guess, is good for the system, as in addition to foster parents, they have to pay social workers, administrators, executives, etc. and so on. And, of course, those workers need health insurance and pension plans as well...

Until Next Time...

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