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Legislation needed to protect foster kids' personal funds
Legislation needed to protect foster kids' personal funds

Our state foster care agencies are apparently so underfunded that they are taking resources from abused and neglected children. The agencies are taking control over foster children's Social Security benefits (when the children are disabled or have deceased parents) and using the children's funds to repay foster care costs. In other words, Maryland is requiring the children to pay for their own care. Maryland will even take Veteran's Assistance benefits from children with a parent who died in the military. And a state regulation was written to take "all of the child's resources" to repay foster care costs, including "the child's own benefits,...

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