Senate Panel Approves Cronin Plan to Help Foster Parents Pay for the Actual Cost of Care of Abused and Neglected Children

(Springfield, IL) – The Illinois Senate Human Services Committee on Wednesday endorsed a bill to require the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to review and set cost reimbursements each year for foster parent cost of care for abused and neglected children.

State Senator Dan Cronin

State Senator Dan Cronin

The Senate Human Services Committee approved 8-0 the legislation, Senate Bill 1576, sponsored by State Senator Dan Cronin (R-Elmhurst).

According to a national 2007 national study, The Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children (MARC,) revealed Illinois lags far behind the MARC suggested rate.

“Illinois currently provides an average reimbursement of $422 per month for a 9 year-old child in traditional foster care, but the typical Illinois foster parent costs are $703 per month—a gap of $281 that foster parents pay out of pocket,” Marge Berglind, President of Child Care Association of Illinois.

Despite the gap between foster parent costs and reimbursements, DCFS still has no plan this year to reimburse foster parents for increased food prices, even though food prices jumped 8% in 2008 and forecast to jump another 7% to 8% in 2009, according to Berglind.

“With Senator Cronin’s bill, foster children will benefit by helping to expand the pool of willing and capable foster parents who currently are deterred by the out-of-pocket expenses,” said Berglind.

The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago), and Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge).

The members of the Human Services Committee include Senators: Mattie Hunter, Deanna Demuzio, William Delgado, Dan Kotowski, Heather Steans, Dave Syverson, Gary Dahl, Dan Duffy, and Dale Risinger.

The legislation now moves to the full Senate.

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One Comment on “Senate Panel Approves Cronin Plan to Help Foster Parents Pay for the Actual Cost of Care of Abused and Neglected Children”

  1. VALERIE THORPE -FULLER Says:

    I HAVE BEEN A FOSTER PARENT FOR SIX YEARS,THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND THINKING OF US,FOSTER PARENTS LOVE THE CHILDREN THEY CARE FOR UNCONDITIONALLY.


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