According to the Canadian Census of 2011, there are 47,885 children who are in foster care in Canada. Only 0.5 percent of this number are children who are under the age of 14. Indigenous children make up 50 percent of children who are in foster care.
While growing up, I heard some children that I knew who were in foster care state to me plainly and simply that they truly believed that the only reason why their foster parents were taking care of them is that of the money. Could this be true?
The average salary for a foster parent in Canada is $42,541. Highly experienced foster parents even make as much as $60,000 per year. Mind you, all of this income is tax-free. In the United States, salaries for foster parents are dramatically less at about $20 to $25 per day on average.
However, if you look at the lives of most foster parents, the money that they receive does not equate the average expense to care for a child to levels above decency is at least $12,825 per child up until the age of 18. This does not also account for the tax benefits that can be received for taking care of a child, where sometimes the tax benefits themselves can pay for the child in and of itself.
So, honestly, yes, there probably are a lot of parents and guardians who foster parent because of the money. However, if you put your heat, mind, and soul into it there is a whole lot more than monetary rewards to receive by giving a child an opportunity for a better life.
Despite these facts, a 2016 article in the Toronto Star states that the level of foster care for children that need foster parents, particularly black children, is reaching a crisis point.
So, I will ask the question again. Could it really be true that the only reason why foster parents foster is that of the money? Or, do they want to make a difference?