Fostering a safe environment

Being a foster parent is not something one does for money, as the money is rarely enough to actually cover the cost of the caring and keeping of a child. In the state of Texas, foster parents are reimbursed $400/month per child. That’s under $100 per week, or $14ish/day for three meals, utilities, and luxuries. When we talk about offering Camp Oak Hallows as a Foster home, we’re not thinking about a steady income or profiting, we’re thinking that we have the room and we have the tools, so why wouldn’t we open our doors and hearts?

How Much Do Parents Get Paid Monthly Per Child?

Alabama: $460-$500
Idaho: $395-$584
Nebraska: $818-$1,079
Rhode Island: $538-$630
Alaska: $726-$901
Illinois: $418-$511
Nevada: $682-$773
South Carolina: $332-$425
Arizona: $669-$867
Indiana: $616-$672
New Hampshire: $498-$642
South Dakota: $518-$622
Arkansas; $410-$500
Iowa: $503-$581
New Jersey: $763-$907
Tennessee: $761-$872
California: $657-$820
Kansas: $500
New Mexico: $483-$542
Texas: $400
Colorado: Varies greatly from county to county
Kentucky: $723-$786
New York: Each of 58 local districts is allowed to set its own rates. The state only determines the maximum amounts it will reimburse to the local districts; there is no minimum. Maximum state aid rates for Metro/Upstate are $560 (average).
Utah: $468-$528
Connecticut: $779-$856
Louisiana: $467-$501
North Carolina: $475-$634
Vermont: $522-$640
Delaware: $397-$511
Maine: $797
North Dakota: $752-$945
Virginia: $471-$700
D.C.: $950-$1,058
Maryland: $835-$850
Ohio: Each county sets its own minimum and maximum per-day rates, which range from $10.00 to $118.00 per day.
Washington: $562-$703
Florida: $458-$550
Massachusetts: $674-$803
Oklahoma: $455-$593
West Virginia: $600
Georgia: $523-$630
Michigan: $482-$600
Oregon: $693-$795
Wisconsin: $394-$511
Hawaii: $576-$676
Minnesota: $641-$898
Pennsylvania: Varies by county
Wyoming: $399
Mississippi: $696-$876
Missouri: $300-400
Montana: $550-$658

Similarly, we have considered the benefits of offering our services to military/similarly nomadic families. In the interest of allowing kids to have a stable home environment, we can work with families to create a living plan for kids whose lives would otherwise be regularly uprooted. In order to provide the best living experience, these residents would likely be situated in a space to themselves which could then host their family for overnight visits, such as a decent sized dormitory or standalone cabin with its own plumbing, power, et cetera.

Creating stability is our primary focus. It is far easier to learn and grow and become a strong person on level ground than a pillar of sand. So no matter how many demographics of residences Camp houses, the basis is the same: Oak Hallows is a home first and a school second.

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