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Foster parents could use a raise


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 05, 2013

~~<p>Bringing a child into this world carries huge responsibilities, requiring an investment of time, money and emotion that is impossible to quantify. When mothers and fathers utterly fail in this obligation &mdash; abusing, neglecting or abandoning their offspring &mdash; the unfortunate keiki become wards of the state, with taxpayers helping to shoulder the cost of raising them.</p>
<p>In Hawaii, this fiscal responsibility persists until the child turns 21 &mdash; or 26, if he or she is going to college &mdash; and applies whether the youngster is living with an unrelated foster family, a grandparent or other blood relative who has been licensed as a foster parent, or with a newly adoptive family.</p>
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Bringing a child into this world carries huge responsibilities, requiring an investment of time, money and emotion that is impossible to quantify. When mothers and fathers utterly fail in this obligation — abusing, neglecting or abandoning their offspring — the unfortunate keiki become wards of the state, with taxpayers helping to shoulder the cost of raising them.

In Hawaii, this fiscal responsibility persists until the child turns 21 — or 26, if he or she is going to college — and applies whether the youngster is living with an unrelated foster family, a grandparent or other blood relative who has been licensed as a foster parent, or with a newly adoptive family. Login for more...



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