DFS: Foster Parents Are Underpaid
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Family Services wants to pay foster parents more.
Rodger McDaniel, department director, told members of the legislature that his department needs a 4-point-9 million dollar increase in state and federal money for foster care expenses for the coming two years.
McDaniel said he believes it's been 25 years since the state increased the 400-dollar monthly fee per child it pays foster parents. His budget request is based on having 762 foster children in DFS custody.
McDaniel said his office proposes that the state increase the payment to foster parents to the amounts determined by U-S Department of Agriculture surveys of what it actually costs to raise a child. For children ages 0-5 years, he said the amount is 645 dollars; for ages 6-12, $664; and for ages 13-18, $732.