Kevin Dayton: “…We Discovered A Terrible Injustice”

Many of you know my wife and I are foster parents, which has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives, but when we became foster parents we discovered a terrible injustice. State payments to support foster children in Hawaii have been frozen for 22 YEARS.

Nobody meant for this to happen. It happened because there is never enough money to go around, and foster parents and foster kids have no voice at the state Legislature. We urgently need YOU to be their voice.

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On Tuesday, the Senate Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 59 to finally increase foster board payments in Hawaii. A link to the hearing notice is pasted below.

Please re-post this to spread the word, and please take a minute to call your legislator or submit a few paragraphs of testimony in support of SB 59. We will need all the help we can get.

The state must provide appropriate support for these kids until they can be placed in safe and loving homes. The state needs to fix this.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me.


Kevin Dayton

2 Responses

  1. Frozen? Twenty-two years? Sounds bad enough. But, since we’re not talking actual numbers, yet, let’s get some specifics. What are the amounts of money that are actually involved? It shouldn’t take a FoIA request to get said figures. Really.

    Enlighten us, please. Many, I’m sure—including myself—are curious.

    A very real consideration is the possibility that, originally, when the amounts were established, “22 years” ago, they were ridiculously high. I suspect that is the case. But, again, until we see some *actual numbers,* it’s anybody’s guess how low or high they are—currently.

    And, although foster children havinig a “voice” sounds all good and warm and fuzzy, *nobody* twists the arms of those who *choose* to become foster parents in the first place. IF they are doing it for the right reasons (because they *really* want to make a difference in the life of a child), the money is icing on the cake. Yes, really.

    Also, if the facts were known, it is entirely likely that the *number* of children in the foster program is problematic—as well as the fact that *adoption* is stupidly difficult.

    The “revolving door” that foster homes and the “sytem,” itself, has become [for the kids frequently moving both into and out of] is well known. Perhaps what is more criitical is *adoption* reform.

    And, like I said, open, civil and accurate discussion of the numbers involved.

    On the other hand, I’ve known more than one foster parent who was “secret squirrel,” tight-lipped defensive about the money aspect of foster parently—like they were paranoid somebody would find out how much they are actually getting.

    Just saying.

    And, while we’re at it, let’s figure out what the average cost-per-child is to provide a home for these kids. How does that amount compare to the actual average that the average *custodial* or *biological* parents realistically have at their disposal to raise *their* kids?

    My guess is that, if any accurate numbers were actually readily available, it would be surprisingly *little* compared what the *foster* parent is provided, per child, via the Foster Care system.

    Again, just saying.

    Fix the *adoption* system, and provide context and perspective.

    Everybody has a “cause,” these days. Not to sound cold or critical, but, hey, this is the real world. Yet, not every “cause” gets treated equally or even close to fairly. Fact.

    For example? The vastly disproportionate amounts of money that are thown at HIV/AIDS research, eduction, prevention and “cures” compared to the other diseases which are much more common, devestaing and just as deadly—many of which (unlike HIV) we still have *no* clue about what causes them.

    Parkinson’s, many forms of cancer, Alzheimers, Mulitiple Sclerosis. The list goes on. But, I digress.

    We’re talking about the allegation that foster care reimbursement amounts (whatever they actually are) need to be adjusted.

    Facts, perspective and context. These things are important. Especially to people who think intelligently, logically, and critically.

    Let’s see some numbers, please.

  2. Mahalo, Damon!

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