Just watching the Frontline on RTE One and it was mentioned by John Waters and agreed by the Childrens minister Frances Fitzgerald that the payments to people who foster children are as follows.
€325 per week for a child upto 12.
€359 per week for a child from 12 to 18.
That is €16,900 for a child upto 12 per year.
Or for a child 12-18 €18,668 per year.
To give it some context a person on unemployment benefit receives €9776 per year.
Please could someone justify for me why a person who is a foster carer receives around 17 grand per year for taking a child in when a person trying to find work receives just 10 grand.
Surely this is madness, whilst we need foster carers I understood people did this out of kindness of their heart and for the love of children but clearly many are doing it for financial gain.
This government want to cut child benefit effecting millions of children but yet have no problem paying out these kind of parents for foster children.
To put this into perspective.
Foster Parent receives 19 Grand per year to look after 17 year old.
Unemployed couple with 1 child receive around 19 grand
Unemployed 17 year old receives 5 grand.