(WHNT) – We’ve received this question a few times over the past month or so. It concerns our recent ‘Pack The Backpacks’ campaign to collect school supplies for foster children.
People ask: “Why do you give supplies to foster kids when they get funding?”
Those who foster are few, and families who take in foster children often foster many of them. Sometimes, families take in five or six children at one time, yet they live on one income.
Foster parents receive around $14.25 a day from the state to support children in their care. If you’ve seen a school supply list, you realize the money foster parents receive barely scratches the surface.
They also need to buy new clothes and shoes and other back-to-school items.
Kids To Love’s school supply drive meets one need, so foster families can use the little money they receive from the state to cover other needs.
To put that into perspective, it costs $41.42 a day to house an inmate in the state prison system.