I've been out all day, sorry its taken me so long to reply. No, we didn't discuss this aspect with Joan. My understanding is that there are some who do it for the money, though I haven't met too many like that. Most of the providers I know are people who want to adopt. The providers that I know that are not in it for the adoption aspect seem to have their hearts in the right place. Mostly I think that a myth has grown up around the idea that the financial compensation is a lure for greedy people who don't really care about children. It is interesting to note, however, that while we provide many services to birth parents in the form of counseling, parent ed, etc, we do not offer them the same financial assistance we provide foster care providers. I wonder what the outcomes would look like if we did?
--- "Andrew R. Morton" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I am writing the section about finances, but what I don't know is if you
> (Nancy, Mollie) talked about whether the level of compensation is enough,
> not enough, too much, etc. I wanted to talk just a little about the delicate
> balance between compensating providers enough for the tough work they do,
> yet not providing so much that people are drawn to it because of greed
> instead of concern for children. Did this discussion occur during your
> interview? I just thought it would be important to address whether current
> compensation was adequate.