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North Carolina

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:52 pm
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Foster Care Changes Could Shuffle Children

By Jim Niedelman
Weekend Edition Anchor
Published: November 18, 2008

Dozens, possibly hundreds of foster children could be forced into new homes all because of a change in the way private agencies get paid. At least one agency claims it will go out of business because of it.


Hunter currently has two foster children who came to her from Lifegains, a private agency that places kids with behavioral, health and physical problems that the state can’t. But, Lifegains has a problem. It will see its state funding will drop by 42-percent in January. Now it plans to go out of business and leave its foster families without the immediate and personal support they’re used to. Families could get a license with social services. However, there’s concern that the families will give up their kids instead.


Dixon says D.S.S. will find a home for all foster children, whether it’s through a group home or another agency. Besides Lifegains services, d-s-s can’t match the financial support for each child.
Lifegains pays its foster families $900 a month. If Lifegains goes out of business, social services will only be able to pay them $634 a month at most. That adds a financial challenge to these families already raising special needs kids.

Lifegains will go to Raleigh on Friday to lobby to have its funding restored.

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:35 pm
by Marina ... yid=115042

Family Worries About Losing Foster Child During Foreclosure

Posted by: Justin Quesinberry Created: 12/1/2008 5:57:15 PM Updated: 12/1/2008 7:03:35 PM

Greensboro, NC -- Thousands of homeowners in the Triad face losing their houses to foreclosure.

Tim Finch is among them. He fears losing more than a house, though. An 11-year-old foster child lives with his family.

Finch worries what might happen to the boy if Finch loses the house.

According to Katrina McMasters, an employee with the Department of Social Services, the state does not have any rules specifically regarding foreclosures and foster care.

She said the boy can stay as long as the family does not end up homeless.

Finch will need to have a separate bedroom for his foster son, if the family relocates. Their new place must be up to code.

"He's been here about a year now. And, he's finally able to adjust at the school he's at, and he's been in six other homes. And, I just don't want to see that happen again."

Finch is looking for a job to pay the mortgage. He said he had to quit his courier job last fall after he had a seizure. Finch was not allowed to drive for one year. So, now that he can drive, he is looking for full-time work. His wife is a full-time nursing student.

He says the family received an extension to stay in the house until Jan. 6 through the HOPE for Homeowners program.

Finch and his wife have not discussed the foreclosure with the boy. He said he did not want the foster child to think he would be going to another family.

Despite the family's financial problems, Finch said he believes the boy is still getting good care. He said there is a great need for people to be foster parents.

McMasters said in Guilford County, 119 houses are licensed to care for the 404 children in the foster care system.

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:00 pm
by Marina

Soldier's wife said she never expected child abuse

Soldier charged with beating toddler, infant

Posted: Nov. 21, 2008

Raeford, N.C. — The wife of a Fort Bragg paratrooper said Friday that she remains in shock over the child-abuse case that has taken her children away from her and put her husband in jail.


She hasn't been named a suspect in the case. Hoke County authorities said the case remains under investigation and that more charges and more arrests are possible.