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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Foster Parents Do Not Claim their Monthly Stipend from CPS as Income They Pay No Taxes on This Money

Foster Parents Do Not Claim their Monthly Stipend from CPS as Income They Pay No Taxes on This Money
April 7, 2010yvonnemason

Autumn Destiny DeShawna Thomason, Carly and Sara Louvelle Texanna Wilfawn these are the children Donna the Foster Care Provider is Making a killing off of.
Child Protective Services are not the only ones making a killing off the backs of our children in violaton of the 13th Amendment that “No Man shall be enslaved”- but so are the Foster Care Providers. The information I pulled is directly from the IRS Site. The Monthly income that the Foster Care Provider collects each month off the backs of my three grandchildren Autumn Destiny DeShawana Thomason, Carly and Sara Wilfawn which comes to at least $1000.00 per month for the three of them is not and I repeat NOT included as income for that Provider. Donna the Foster Care Provider does not have to claim it either on the state level or the Federal level. So just for the sake of this discussion let’s say she gets 416.00 for the baby per month ,and 471. 00 for the two older girls. This is the going rate in Georgia for foster kids. This does not include the stimed she gets because she has put the oldest girl on drugs or the stimed she gets because they are siblings. Nor the stimed she gets twice a year for a clothing allowance, or their medicad- reduced lunches, eye care and dental care. Her income for the month is 1,358.00 for the year it is 16,296. and let’s just say she has three other children who are in foster care. That is another $12,000.00 so a total of $28,296.00 has been given to that Foster Care Provider and it is free money. She doesn’t have to claim it as income. Plus and here is the best part. The foster children are allowed to be claimed as dependants and they may also qualify for the Child Tax Credit and maybe even the earned income credit.

My grandchildren are the cash cow for this foster care provider. My grandchildren could be with their mother – if $13,296 had been re-routed to her instead of the Foster Care Provider. What if DFCS had helped provide her housing under the Section 8 funding and if she had help with child care- this would solve the problem they say they have – Why pay strangers when that money could go to Samantha? The reason no bonuses for DFCS when they terminate the rights of the parent and adopt out the girls. This is a clear violation of the 13th Amendment. It is so balant it is almost funny! No wonder the Foster Care Provider can afford to take the family to Myrtle Beach all the time and forces Sam not to be able to see her girls. They are footing the bill for the trip.
I included below the direct quote from the IRS as well as their website.

Foster care providers. Payments you receive from a state, political subdivision, or a qualified foster care placement agency for providing care to qualified foster individuals in your home generally are not included in your income. However, you must include in your income payments received for the care of more than 5 individuals age 19 or older and certain difficulty-of-care payments.

A qualified foster individual is a person who:
Is living in a foster family home, and

Was placed there by:

An agency of a state or one of its political subdivisions, or

A qualified foster care placement agency.

A “Qualifying Child”

FS-2005-7, January 2005

Uniform Definition
A “qualifying child” may enable a taxpayer to claim several tax benefits, such as head of household filing status, the exemption for a dependent, the child tax credit, the child and dependent care credit and the earned income tax credit. Prior to 2005, each of these items defined a qualifying child differently, leaving many taxpayers confused.

The Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 set a uniform definition of a qualifying child, beginning for Tax Year 2005. This standard definition applies to all five of the tax benefits noted above, with each benefit having some additional rules.

In general, to be a taxpayer’s qualifying child, a person must satisfy four tests:

Relationship — the taxpayer’s child or stepchild (whether by blood or adoption), foster child, sibling or stepsibling, or a descendant of one of these.
Residence — has the same principal residence as the taxpayer for more than half the tax year. Exceptions apply, in certain cases, for children of divorced or separated parents, kidnapped children, temporary absences, and for children who were born or died during the year.
Age — must be under the age of 19 at the end of the tax year, or under the age of 24 if a full-time student for at least five months of the year, or be permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year.
Support — did not provide more than one-half of his/her own support for the year.
If a child is claimed as a qualifying child by two or more taxpayers in a given year, the child will be the qualifying child of:

the parent;
if more than one taxpayer is the child’s parent, the one with whom the child lived for the longest time during the year, or, if the time was equal, the parent with the highest AGI;
if no taxpayer is the child’s parent, the taxpayer with the highest adjusted gross income (AGI).
Additional Rules
While the four qualifying child tests generally apply for the five tax benefits noted above, there are some additions or variations for particular provisions:

Dependent — a qualifying child must also meet these tests:

Nationality — be a U.S. citizen or national, or a resident of the U.S., Canada or Mexico. There is an exception for certain adopted children.
Marital status — if married, did not file a joint return for that year, unless the return is filed only as a claim for refund and no tax liability would exist for either spouse if they had filed separate returns.
Head of Household Filing Status — a qualifying child is determined without regard to the exception for children of divorced or separated parents. Also, a qualifying child who is married at the end of the year must meet the marital status and nationality tests for a dependent (above).

Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses — a qualifying child must be under the age of 13 or permanently and totally disabled. A qualifying child is determined without regard to the exception for children of divorced or separated parents and the exception for kidnapped children.

Child Tax Credit — a qualifying child must be under age 17 and a U.S. citizen or national or a U.S. resident.

Earned Income Tax Credit — a qualifying child does not have to meet the support test. Also, a qualifying child must have lived with the taxpayer in the United States for more than half the year and have a social security number that is valid for employment in the United States. A qualifying child is determined without regard to the exception for children of divorced or separated parents. If a qualifying child is married, he or she must also meet the marital status and nationality tests for a dependent (above).

Changes to Certain Benefits
The new law does not change the operation of the Child Tax Credit, but it does affect these benefits:

Dependent — There are two types of dependents, a qualifying child and a qualifying relative. The five dependency tests — relationship, gross income, support, joint return and citizenship/residency — continue to apply to a qualifying relative. A child who is not a qualifying child might still be a dependent as a qualifying relative. If you are a dependent of another person, you cannot claim any dependents on your own return. .

Head of Household Filing Status — A taxpayer is eligible for head of household filing status only with respect to a qualifying child or the taxpayer’s dependent. But the taxpayer cannot file as head of household for a person who is a dependent only because he or she lived with the taxpayer for the whole year or because the taxpayer may claim him or her as a dependent under a multiple support agreement.

Child Tax Credit — The taxpayer is no longer required to care for a foster child, sibling, or sibling’s descendant as one’s own child.

Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses — The taxpayer is no longer required to pay over half the costs of maintaining a household for the qualifying individual. But, an individual who is not a qualifying child must have the same principal residence as the taxpayer for more than half the year.

Earned Income Tax Credit — The taxpayer is no longer required to care for a foster child, sibling, or sibling’s descendant as one’s own child.




  1. I am a foster parent & receive a stipend. I have inspections, fire and health. I hv a bigger house with more bdrms for the children. 4 Bedroom apts are more xpensive. More electricity, More water, more insurance. I hv a mini van for the 4 kids i hv.the stipend helps with costs.I pay for clothes-every season requires a new set-the two year old requires tons of clothing and diapers as she's potty training. Field trips, bday parties, presents, xmas, fairs story land and camping as the foster kids go with us as they are part of the family. My kids each have three pairs of shoes-sneakers, crocs and sandals. Snow pants and coats and boots and mittens and hats and if you ever took care of a child, you know they lose these things wkly. Back packs, snacks for school, food for 2 xtra children, high chairs, cribs, comforter sets. The kitchen set they have w/the food to go w/it. A Fisher Price doll house w/all the furniture,dolls dogs and cats. going for ice cream or mcdonald's, stopping at a yard sale and letting them pick some books and a toy.

  2. My older foster daughter was w/me when she was 4-they sent her home she went to school smelling like urine as the cats urinated all over her bed and clothing and nothing was cleaned or washed. She never ate dinner. They finally pulled her again and she's back with me along w/her baby sister that was born and nvr saw a doctor (no shots). I had to bring them both to the doctors many times to catch up on shots,that costs gas money and time away from work. I bring them to daycare daily. sunblock for each classroom,diapers for home& daycare. blankets for naptime. My older foster daughter is now a mess because of her trip back home & she now has three therapists. I had to cut my hours at work down to 80% time to make these appts. I drive to school, pick her up, drive her to another town for the appt, drive back to another town to pick up the little one at daycare and then back to our hometown. I do this alot. We have pizza and movie night every friday where I order a movie on demand and we have pizza and potato wedges. i always have jump ropes and bubbles and balls, popsicles for outside play. I pay for a membership for all of us to go to the gym as they have an aquatic center indoor and outdoor. Ballet lessons and horseback riding and books at the bookfair at school.ANYONE who has ever raised a child knows that foster parents DO NOT "make a killing." DCYF comes out monthly to ensure the kids are in their own bdrms and clean I report constantly on how they are,behaviors, etc. I have to go to IEP and school meetings she has an one on one aide that I have to talk with constantly. DCYF makes suggestions. The judge rules. The lawyers have to fight and every parent has a lawyer. I have seen kids go home as long as a parent is doing what is asked basic things keeping a job, clean the house, parenting classes (I hv to hv abt 30 hrs of training pr yr to keep my foster lic). I'm willing to do it and it's a choice for me. these parents are asked to do about 6 hrs. I guess you just aren't aware of how much it costs to raise a child. Perhaps that is because your child that lost her children just hasn't broken the cycle,which would be why the kids weren't placed with a relative (grandparent)in the 1st place. You should be THANKING the foster parents for taking care of your grandkids becuz I'm sure it's no picnic.btw I hv seen many pics of ppl w/ droopy eyes like that. If you blink when the flash goes off, tht's how you look. Anyone that has ever used a camera knows it. I just do not appreciate you blogging and trashing foster parents when they are doing nothing but taking care of kids by choice that they got a last minute call about. they probably had about an hour heads up and it takes about 2 or 3 wks to get a check,so they probably fronted a few hundred bucks per child at least. Instead of spending your time trashing us,why don't you spend time and energy making things right so your grandkids can go home,either helping your daughter out or making your home situation better so they can come to you? Sell your computer.

  3. Karen, I know there are good foster's out there.Foster's that aren't just in it for the money. You don't seem to realize how backward NH DCYF is and also CASA for that matter. They have clearly stated they do NOT want parent's helping their children with their grandchildren. I noticed you are from NH. Evidently you're not from Nashua, as children taken from their parent's in Nashua are NEVER returned. The word's of a former caseworker.
    The only foster's I've trashed are the ones who deserve it. The foster's my granddaughter was given to, were only interested in the money. The caseworker's own call log proves that. Their first question was,"When will we be financially supplemented?"
    As for the monthly stipend's you get, the holiday money, the extra money for school clothes, allowance for the children and monthly respid care, you're quite lucky. What do the parent's get? NOTHING!
    As for my grandson's droopy eyes, they were droopy before the picture was taken after he was doped up on Adderall. My husband and I saw him all doped up. The poor kid was so confused, he didn't know which way was up.
    I raised my family without any help. I didn't count on anybody paying me a monthly check to take care of my children. And a weekend away without kid's? It doesn't happen in the REAL world. If you weren't so busy kissing DCYF's butt, you'd get a clue on what's really happening in this state. But then if you weren't kissing their butt's, you'd lose the children.
    Sell my computer? Not on your life! My grandchildren will know what this corrupt state has put them through and they'll also be aware foster stranger's are paid to take care of them, unlike their REAL families who don't expect to be paid to love and care for them.

  4. Sent to me from Anonymous:
    OMG! I just read Karen's comments, how she has MORE electricity, MORE water, a MORE EXPENSIVE apartment. That's very flashy of you to brag about that Karen, but MORE isn't what it's all about. It's about helping out a kid in trouble. By the way, it's normal for a child to have difficulty visiting their family and then going back to the foster home. Haven't you heard of separation trauma? I'm sure you knew about this already. I'm sure you also know how lucky you've been not to have had a child in your home with severe behavioral issues that you were not told the truth about, or the angry child who was stolen from his loving family where he/she still rightfully belongs, as there are good foster parents out there who have had their foster licenses pulled and their biological and foster kids removed from their care when a behaviorally challenged child in the foster home acts out. And your friends at DCYF just might not be there for you. They could even go against you and ask the judge to take away your kids. It's like you said "DCYF makes a recommendation. The judge rules." Yes, it's just that simple. You're life could be worth nothing more than a DCYF recommendation in a split second, just like many other families out there. But I'm sure you already knew about this possibility, now didn't you?

    As for Unhappy Grammy's story, maybe you've been too busy cooking your potato wedges or driving to those horseback riding lessons to realize what happened to her family? That child who you think was just blinking at a picture is the same child who tried to commit suicide in his foster home....and this is probably the reason he was medicated, so he wouldn't "act out" again in the foster home. After all, a "casuality"=Less Title IV funds! Karen, before you tell a grieving GrandMa how she should be thanking you for your expensive apartment and your greater amount of water and electricity and your potato wedges and for making sure your foster kids have 3 pairs of crocs!, maybe you should look at the people you're working for, that state agency who takes kids from happy loving homes where the kids act out even to the point of suicide! No potato wedges or flashy jump ropes or movies on demand will heal that child's pain, nor the family's pain of having that child ripped from them. Time to grow up Karen. Kids need parents, not pacifiers, so maybe it's time to return from Never Land.

  5. From a tax preparer point of view - if the biological parent was being paid to care for the child, the difficult of care payments WOULD BE TAXABLE INCOME. Support HR bill 4111 to have this income excluded. My client is out 30% of the monies paid to help her with her severely handicapped daughter due to taxes.