Early this morning I received yet another hate letter from someone who obviously has no clue as to the reason for the site, the reason behind it or the ability I have to change things. She was also upset because she said that I took her comment down so there must be truth in her words. I am not even going to dignify that statement except to say, she obviously wanted her fifteen minutes of fame, so I will give them to her. I will also show her some of the errors of her statement. If I showed her all of them it would take three days. She was kind enough to sign her name so I shall give her full credit for this blog her name is Ann Ever. First let me say this blog is a rebuttal to her comment about something she knows very little about. I respect her opinion such that it is. I respect the fact that she believes that Child Protective Services is the best thing since sliced bread. I also respect the fact that she believes that most foster parents are not in it for the money. I have documentation to dispute that.
So with all of that being said, let me begin. Here is her comment and my rebuttal:
Her Comment: 2010/03/29 at 2:52pm
I have been following the different things you have been writing about and you are a wonderful writer and a Grandmother to these children. I am sorry but I now have to put my two cents in…I unlike you am what they call a relative placement…Like yourself I live in another State from where my neices and nephew lived (by the way they also are blonde and blue eyed beautiful children)…When my neices and nephew came into care I was one of the first relatives that came forward…They by the way were placed in a Foster Home and I as well as the children still have contact with that family because they did something that my sister couldn’t do and that was care for her children until I could get placement of them…The odd nature of this is she lives in Florida and I live in GA…Anyhow, I know after having to deal with the system that this has nothing to do with the Foster Parents it all comes down to State regulations…I became a Foster Parent because if you had taken your daughters children in you would known that you have to go through home evals, medical testing, drug testing and a number of other things, but I felt that I needed to know more about what I was getting myself into…I know being that I went through the same classes that Foster Parents went through and had experienced they would rather a relative (you being a grandmother would qualify) take the children than place them in a home because yes it is cheaper to place them with relatives…By the way relatives do receive a susidy for them being placed with you…
My rebuttal: Yes I know there is a stymied I have been dealing with Jackson County DFCS for a long time in one capacity or another. I lived there for over twenty years. I know what goes on. I know what is involved in becoming a Foster Parent, I have the manuals. If she read the entire blog she would understand that.
Her Comment: My sister like your daughter has not completed her plan and a lot of it is for the same reasons…I can say if your daughter has a legal medical diagnosis like my sister has your daughter would qualify for SSI and Medicaid which is not something that changes from State to State it is a Federal based supplement so therefore it can’t be said that she doesn’t qualify…My sister who has mental issues is able to receive money as did her children, however she did not use it the way she was supposed to…Anyhow, I am getting off my point!!! Why being that you are their Grandmother do you not have them in your care????? It takes only a home eval, drug test and medical saying that you can care for them…Unless you told them you didn’t or couldn’t take them or you are not financially able to care for yourself (but from the sounds of all the eduacation and background you have you are doing well)…You sit there and degrade this woman who I don’t know how you are legally being that you are a educated in the legal system can use this persons name and give all the names of the people involved because it looks to me like they all can come after you for writing untruths about them and using their legal names…Shame, shame, shame…As far as bad talking the woman that the child died in care with you have no idea…That poor woman is going to have to live with that on her record and on her for the rest of her life…To compare the two is like apples and banana’s…You portray yourself as a very knowledgable person however I am finding out that you aren’t as knowledgable about this as you would like to be…I know that after 18 months in care as they call it they begin to look for permenant placement for the children…Why after 18 months has she not been able to complete what she has to complete…It took my old neighbor that lost her job 2 months to find one and she is currently being moved into a housing situation…Now this was all done in 2 monthes because she stayed on top of it because she didn’t want to lose her child…Oh and by the way it was Social Services that helped her not DFACS because that is what Social Services does not DFACS…I could go on and on about the inconsistencies in your stories, but let me tell you that dragging a Foster Parent through the mud (and from the looks of the picture she is clothing them very well because one of the shirts that one of the girls is wearing is from a childs clothing store because my neice has one) and putting blame on DFACS and everyone else you listed why, may I say why aren’t you doing anything to resolve this…Again RELATIVES have first choice of placement!!!!
She assumes that Samantha has medical problems which she doesn’t. It was just another ploy by DFCS to keep her under their thumb. She has no clue as to the excuses which have been used or the threats or intimidation tactics which have been used. She also doesn’t seem to comprehend that Child Protective Services preys on the poor and uneducated they equate that with stupid. The reason they are easy to manipulate. They also prey on those who are easily intimidated such as her sister.
I agree that the Foster Care Provider who allowed Jessica to die is going to have to live with that. 2 out of 3 children are killed yearly either in Foster Care or in Adopted Homes where they have been adopted out of the system. Yes, I also have that research.
However, that being said, had it been a birth parent they would have been sent to prison. Now the humor in this paragraph is this “You portray yourself as a very knowledgable (sp) person however I am finding out that you aren’t as knowledgable(sp) about this as you would like to be…”
Well, Ann, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, try again, I am more knowledgeable than you will ever know. Try reading the entire blog. It has several case laws, several Amendments and manuals that belong to DFCS, Family Court and Lawyers. I am very knowledgeable. As far as your neighbor is concerned, all I can say is good for her. As far as Social Services v DFCS it is the same thing. Trust me. There are no inconsistencies in my stories they are facts. As far as dragging a Foster Care Provider through the mud, she is as complicit as the rest of them. She gets a clothing stymied for the kids. See the rate toward the bottom of this blog. She made promises she didn’t keep. As far as naming names, the last I heard the First Amendment still stands and if you are not aware of it let me quote it for you. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Now I am exercising “freedom of speech and freedom of press as well as redress of grievances.” That is how I do it.
Her Comment: I am thankful that my sister doesn’t feel the same that you do because I also am adopting my neices and nephews so that they have the rights that my children have!!!!!! One more thing I know first hand that DFACS does not pay a Foster Parent to put their Foster Child into sports…They don’t even pay for the medical that the kids have to get…If they are in a school function the Foster Parent has to pay without reimbursement and they do not pay for their long list of equipment they need…By the way you can find out the schedule of games easily since you are so computer savy…Oh yes the school meetings, my sister kept in touch briefly with the childrens teachers because she is in another state with the teachers and she requested notification and received but never went…Again, I can go on and on…I should be on your side because I am a relative, but you mam, you are so wrong in so many areas!!!!!!! Unless you step forward and care for the children you can not put blame on a parent that wants I am sure the same I want, the children to receive the same legal rights my children have…Oh and by taking my neices and nephew in I know have 8 children…The fact that you brought up that they can claim them on their taxes you are right and by all rights they should since they care for them and no we do not receive a lot of money from the state for the kids…In case you didn’t know GA is broke and cutting everything you can possibly think of and that is another reason why I am adopting because I don’t want them to be treated as second class children…Financially this has put a strain on us but they are my flesh and blood!!!!!
My Rebuttal: you might want to rethink the medical bill thing. Yes, the kids get Medicaid they are wards of the state who is responsible for their medical bills, dental bills and eye care. So you are wrong in your statement that the Foster Care Provider pays out of pocket. Who ever told you did not know what they were talking about. Now comes the fun part. Listed below is the proof that yes, when a child is adopted a tax credit is given. Check out the sources one of them is the IRS. So if you indeed to fill out taxes you should know this. Foster children are also claimed by the Foster Care Provider because they lived in the home for six months or longer. When you adopt those kids you will get a payment every month until they are 18 again it is included below. I have also added the per diem rates that Foster Care Providers receive each month.
So yes once again I am very knowledgeable. I know Ga. is broke, heard it lived there. Why do you think DFCS is snatching kids left and right, they don’t want to be laid off – they get $4000.00 per child they snatch as soon as they fill out the paper work under ASFA of 1996 and Title IV-E Funding. If you don’t believe it research it yourself. The different counties also get a bonus for every child they adopt out over their goal. Again I have that manual. I have more if you care to see it go to the blog if it is not there yet wait for the book.
Adoption costs too much. A private infant adoption or an international adoption can range between $5,000 and $40,000. However, adoption from the U.S. foster care system has little to no costs. Families can also seek financial aid from adoption assistance organizations. Plus, the federal government offers up to a $10,000 tax credit per adopted child for qualifying families. http://www2.focusonthefamily.com/focusmagazine/parentfamily/A000001210.cfm
1. The adoption tax credit passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996 is one of the more complicated tax laws related to middle-income families. Generally speaking, it provides a tax credit to families who made out-of-pocket expenses related to the adoption of a child other than that of a spouse. Unlike a tax deduction, which reduces the total taxable income, a tax credit is an after-tax reduction in the overall tax liability. The adoption tax credit provides a variable amount of money, $11,650 in 2008, and allows employers to provide adoption-specific benefits free from federal income tax.
Qualifications and Limitations
2. Only qualified adoption expenses are eligible for reimbursement through the tax credit. These include reasonable adoption fees, court costs, attorney’s fees, traveling expenses and most other expenses related to the legal adoption of an eligible child by the taxpayer. Eligible children are those age 17 or younger, or a child of any age who is a US citizen or resident alien and who is physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself. Adoption of a spouse’s child is not covered by the adoption tax credit.
Obtaining the adoption tax credit requires the filing of Form 8839 with the IRS. Additional forms will be necessary if the child does not have a Social Security Number. The amount of credit the adopting family qualifies to receive is limited to actual qualified expenses they can demonstrate. If adoption related expenses do not exhaust the full amount in a single year, the remainder can be claimed in future years. However, the upper limit of the credit is based per child, not per year. The credit is also limited by the family’s adjusted gross income. After certain exemptions such as business or investment losses and contributions to pension plans, families whose annual income exceeds $115,000 are not eligible for the adoption tax credit. Families whose income is between $75,000 and $115,000 are eligible for a smaller tax credit. http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4588082_adoption-tax-credit-work.html
Topic 607 – Adoption Credit
You may be able to take a tax credit for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child (including a child with special needs). The adoption credit is an amount subtracted from your tax liability. For expenses paid prior to the year the adoption becomes final, the credit generally is allowed for the year following the year of payment. A taxpayer who paid qualifying expenses in the current year for an adoption which became final in the current year, may be eligible to claim the credit for the expenses on the current year return, in addition to credit for expenses paid in a prior year. The adoption credit is not available for any reimbursed expense. In addition to the credit, certain amounts paid by your employer for qualifying adoption expenses may be excludable from your gross income.
For both the credit or the exclusion, qualifying expenses include reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling expenses (including amounts spent for meals and lodging while away from home), and other expenses directly related to and for which the principal purpose is the legal adoption of an eligible child. An eligible child must be under 18 years old, or be physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself. The adoption credit or exclusion cannot be taken for a child who is not a United States citizen or resident unless the adoption becomes final. A taxpayer also may be eligible to take an increased credit or exclusion for expenses related to the adoption of a child with special needs if the child otherwise meets the definition of qualifying child, is a United States citizen or resident and a state determines that the child cannot or should not be returned to his or her parent’s home and probably will not be adopted unless assistance is provided. The credit and exclusion for qualifying adoption expenses are each subject to a dollar limit and an income limit.
Under the dollar limit the amount of your adoption credit or exclusion is limited to the dollar limit for that year for each effort to adopt an eligible child. If you can take both a credit and an exclusion, this dollar amount applies separately to each. For example, if we assume the dollar limit for the year is $10,000 and you paid $9,000 in qualifying adoption expenses for a final adoption, while your employer paid $4,000 of additional qualifying adoption expenses, you may be able to claim a credit of up to $9,000 and also exclude up to $4,000.
The dollar limit for a particular year must be reduced by the amount of qualifying expenses taken into account in previous years for the same adoption effort.
The income limit on the adoption credit or exclusion is based on your modified adjusted gross income (modified AGI). If your modified AGI is below the beginning phase out amount for the year, the income limit will not affect your credit or exclusion. If your modified AGI is more than the beginning phase out amount for the year, your credit or exclusion will be reduced. If your modified AGI is above the maximum phase out amount for the year, your credit or exclusion will be eliminated.
Generally, if you are married, you must file a joint return to take the adoption credit or exclusion. If your filing status is married filing separately, you can take the credit or exclusion only if you meet special requirements.
To take the credit or exclusion, complete Form 8839 (PDF), Qualified Adoption Expenses, and attach the form to your Form 1040 (PDF) or Form 1040A (PDF).
As a result of legislation enacted in 2008, the Fostering Connections to Success
Act (PL 110-351), states have an option to extend this coverage to children
placed in subsided guardianships with relative caregivers. The same link to
AFDC still exists for these families. In addition, the child must have been
eligible for Title IV-E foster care while living for no less than six months in the
home of a prospective relative guardian. The state must also determine that
neither reunification with a parent nor placement in an adoptive family are
appropriate permanency options. The child must also demonstrate a strong
attachment to the relative and, in the case where a child is 14 years of age or
older, is consulted before being placed.
Title IV-E adoption assistance eligibility, until the enactment of PL 110-351,
followed Title IV-E eligibility for foster care. As a result of the new law the
adoption assistance eligibility link to AFDC will be phased out over time.
Starting in FY 2010, special needs adoptive children age 16 and older will all be
eligible for federal coverage. This age threshold will be lower by two years every
year until all special needs adoptions are covered by federal Title IV-E funding.
So in FY 2011, special needs adoption 14 and older will all be covered, in FY
2012 the age decreases to 12 years of age and so on. Starting in FY 2010 all
siblings who are placed with an eligible sibling will also be extended Title IV-E
coverage. (CWLA)Child Welfare League of America
What Supports and Services Are Available?
4. What is the maximum basic monthly adoption assistance maintenance payment in Georgia?
These rates are effective July 1, 2009 for new subsidy agreements only.
Per Diem Rates are Changing
As of July 1, 2008
Per Diem Rates
0-5….. $14.60 per day
6-12…. $16.50 per day
13 and over…. $18.80 per day
Special rate of .50 to $1.75 for a child whose care demands more time & skills
Some children may be eligible for a higher rate; state office approves this rate not case manager
Children w/HIV…. up to $60 per day
0 – 12….. $200.00
13 and over…. $300.00
for the first 6 months a child is in care
County Seasonal Clothing Allowance
Ages Fall Winter Summer
Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar Apr, May, Jun, Jul
Birth – 3 yrs $60 $65 $60
4 – 6 years $80 $100 $80
7 – 12 years $120 $160 $120
Over 12 years $200 $250 $160
State Annual Clothing
$300.00 per fiscal year
3 Siblings in your home $100 per child – $300
4 Siblings in your home $100 per child – $400
5 Siblings in your home $100 per child – $500
This amount is not pro-rated and you will only receive it if the children are
in your home from the 1st – the 30th/31st of each month.
Incidentals – These are other types of things the children may need depending on their age.
How does the Initial Clothing allowance and the seasonal allowance work?
Answer: Children are eligible for the initial clothing allowance for the first 6 months they are in care. Children become eligible for seasonal clothing after they have been in care for a full 3 months. For the first 6 months, I apply all clothing purchases to initial clothing as long as the child has money left. After that, I start applying the purchases to seasonal clothing.
Please do us all a favor and get educated on what you are talking about or maybe look into becoming a Foster Parent yourself to see what financially you do and don’t get…Maybe FLA is better let me know because GA is broke…One more thing please give me the name of your tax advisor because I sure could use the $8000 tax credit I am supposed to get!!!! Rather a tax credit I need to worry as I have since I have had the children is that their Mother won’t try and claim them when she has no legal right…I forgot to mention I also do taxes…Wow what a small world!!!! Thank you…Ann E
My rebuttal: Ms. Evers, I am sorry you have 8 children I had three because I didn’t want four. I have raised two of my grandchildren through the system in Jackson County Ga. I am very educated I know about the abuse, greed and corruption as well as the collusion which goes on in the state system. I don’t need to give you the name of my tax advisor, I gave you the information from the IRS maybe you need a refresher course in taxes preparing.
I appreciate your comments. I appreciate the fact that you need to take your sisters children. Just remember this, once you get them, she will probably never see them again as you live in a different state. That is a shame. That is only one of the reasons I didn’t take the girls, they would never get to see their mother that is a crime within itself. The bigger crime was they never should have been removed.
This blog will continue until the abuse and greed and corruption in the system is stopped. There is no one watching the watchers. There is no one in charge. There is no one in control. Children in Foster Care and Adoptive care die needlessly, families are destroyed without cause, the state makes money, foster care providers make money, and adoptive parents make money. Yes, I have the research. I am not against a child being removed for the right reasons, that is, true abuse ie sexual, physical. However, I am very against snatching children for just the money for no reason. Just the money. So Ms. Ever, now it is time for you to do your research and become knowledgeable before you try to debate the issues at hand.
Yvonne Mason, Author