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

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.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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11 Responses to Foster Parents Do Not Claim their Monthly Stimed from CPS as Income They Pay No Taxes on This Money

  1. Joshua says:

    There is a dearth of information regarding the adoption subsidies / stipends available for foster parents online. There is even less information on the total income and the sources of the income a “professional” low-income foster parent receives. In your next post, could you find and post the monthly compensation foster parents receive and/or compensation/tax credits they receive for adopting accompanied by references? For select states, you could do what you did in this post, but use actual numbers with a test family. Say a low-income family of 7 in PA with 4 foster children and 3 own children would receive adoption credits, cash assistance, food stamps ($1052 max/month), home heating assistance (LIHEAP), free school meals, medical assistance, tax refunds etc.


  2. mommyoffour says:

    maybe instead of spending so much of your time researching what a foster care parent earns and whether or not they pay taxes, we should be educating parents that are at high risk of having their children placed in foster care. I am a single mother of two and also the foster parent of my two nephews. I think your under the impression that this an easy venture, that this task is an easy one. We as foser parents are trying our best to care for these children, educate them, get them the help they need in all aspects of their life, such as dental, medical, emotional and mental.. A lot happens to a child when they are taken away from their family, it is very hard on them. Have you tried to have them in your home? You can get help financially with that as well and I believe that its best for the children to stay with family anyway. My point is that there is so much more involved with this than money and taxes. Thank god for these foster parents or these kids would end up in facilities and maybe even homeless. I work full time and pay taxes like everyone else and I’m sure there are a lot of foster parents that do it for another reason other than to love and care for them but why is this what you find most important in the matter of your grand children being in foster care. God bless you all, and I wish you and your grand children the best. Take care.


    • sandy says:

      i feel that people need to know the facts, it takes insurance and medical to care for children. as a foster parent you want to give them what they need, love care and be able to get them the things that will help them grow, as the parents i know they are given many chances drug classes ect… also she is a grandmother most likely on a fixed income and needs the help to raise the kids. medicare does not cover kids. maybe she wants them but needs to know if their is help out there to give them the best she can.


    • Singleprovider says:

      I agree with you! I am a single provider that works full time with children with special needs and have been a therapeutic/regular foster parent for 6 years now. Let me tell you “It is not easy”. By the time the children get to us they have been from placement to placement. What I am trained to do is teach the children how to cope with trauma. Loving these kids and showing them a positive side of life is also a part of the process. I have taken in children that have had no family and have helped to raised them. Yes, we are reimbursed and the insurance does help but the fact is that most of these children are on very expensive medications when they come into our home for one reason or another. The fact is that we DO NOT and CAN NOT get food stamps. The fact is that $150.00 dollars for clothing/books twice a year does very little for the child. It is very interesting to me that the finger is always pointed at the foster parents. I went into foster care at the age of 24 because I worked at a large facility that is a group home, school, and shelter. Once I found that these places don’t really care about the children (as I got very attached to my kids there) I decided that I needed to do something to help these young men succeed once leaving places like this. To help these young men enjoy what is left of there childhood or teenage years before being forgotten about at age 18 as they normally are. I owned a house and a car and so I had extra room. The great thing is that even as adults MY KIDS still call and come and visit me as they are still apart of my family. Now, are there foster parents with bad intentions? Certainly, just as there are bad police officers, CPS workers, Judges, politicians, and bio parents. But please don’t group us in together, as I work hard and have dedicated my life to helping children succeed.

      As far as being a grand parent, I know that here in Arizona that you can take classes to be foster parent. This foster care is called Kinship care, hopefully if you wanted or could get your grandchildren with the same benefits as far as insurance and reimbursement. This helps but you will surely still need a second income to help out.


  3. mommyoffour says:

    That got a little long winded and off track, I apologize. It just struck me as bizarre that this was even on here.


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  5. Fosterom says:

    I find this entire post offensive, misleading and one-sided. Instead of ranting about how wrong you are, let me provide a different view based on MY experience and perhaps some balance to this.

    My husband and I are foster parents – I did not do it for the money – I am an IT professional and our family income was near 6 figures in 2014 and is projected to exceed that in 2015 and that is WITHOUT additional fostering income.

    Every cent we have received from the state has been spent on our son. He has his own savings account and as soon as the adoption is finalized it will be converted into a 529 college savings plan because I don’t trust that “free money” will be there for him in the future just because he was a “foster kid”.

    He has his own room that was renovated to include primary color paints, race car borders and more. We’ve already screened the private Christian school he will attend when he starts Kindergarden. I’m not saying this to brag — we have been blessed beyond measure…not because of our income….but because of this sweet little boy who is the center of my world!

    Not all foster parents are money hungry leeches looking to exploit children. Please hear my heart…I’m not looking for accolades or admiration. I don’t even intend to change your mind…your experience is your own. I just wanted to leave this for whomever may stumble across it as I did…let them know that foster children are loved.


  6. monaj says:

    I’m a bit confused. The grandmother is upset that the state is helping the foster parents with her grandkids.? Why didn’t she or another family member try to get them? Why didn’t she offer her daughter a place to live so she could keep her own kids? To me and this is my opinion it seems the grandmother is more concerned about the money be issued rather than posting about who or how can someone help her or her daughter get the kids back.


  7. Lora McGinnis says:

    I stumbled upon this while looking for something else and I too, am incredibly confused. Why in the world is the grandmother worried about the small amount the foster family is getting to care for her grandchildren??? She should be glad that someone was willing to take them into their home and provide for them while she (they are required to try and place the children with family first) and her daughter couldn’t. Clearly, there is a reason why the children were placed into custody of the state instead of with family and by simply giving the foster care payment to the mother won’t change the reason they were taken by CPS to begin with.


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