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In Michigan, Foster children would be allowed to get clothing only from second hand stores

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In Michigan, Foster children would be allowed to get clothing only from second hand stores

Post by Guest on Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:31 am


Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.

Casswell, a Republican representing Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee and St. Joseph counties, made the proposal this week, reports Michigan Public Radio.

His explanation?

“I never had anything new,” Caswell says. “I got all the hand-me-downs. And my dad, he did a lot of shopping at the Salvation Army, and his comment was — and quite frankly it’s true — once you’re out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes.”

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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:35 am

So, they have no idea how much this would save. I have nothing against most used clothing, but finding all needed items could be a stretch. What are they going to say to these foster kids? Sorry kid, there aren't any of the item you need at the second hand store so you'll have to do without until there is?

"Casswell says the plan will save the state money, though it isn’t clear how much the state spends on clothing for foster children or how much could be saved this way."

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Post by mrmarti on Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:15 pm

JaneWI wrote:So, they have no idea how much this would save. I have nothing against most used clothing, but finding all needed items could be a stretch. What are they going to say to these foster kids? Sorry kid, there aren't any of the item you need at the second hand store so you'll have to do without until there is?

"Casswell says the plan will save the state money, though it isn’t clear how much the state spends on clothing for foster children or how much could be saved this way."

And this will really build up a foster child's self-esteem - a lot of them feel worthless as it is now. And now they will get the message - you're only a 2nd rate citizen and do not deserve anything new. I believe that all politicians that agree to this should be required to buy their clothes 2nd hand. I don't have anything against used clothes, believe me my kids grew up with tag sale and church rummage sales - I always try to instill the message that it doesn't matter what you wear as long as its clean.

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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:52 pm

mrmarti wrote:And this will really build up a foster child's self-esteem - a lot of them feel worthless as it is now. And now they will get the message - you're only a 2nd rate citizen and do not deserve anything new. I believe that all politicians that agree to this should be required to buy their clothes 2nd hand. I don't have anything against used clothes, believe me my kids grew up with tag sale and church rummage sales - I always try to instill the message that it doesn't matter what you wear as long as its clean.

There are certain items that I won't buy used such as undergarments. For me there is a huge "ewwww" factor involved. What happens if they can't find what the child needs at a second hand store? Do they buy something that doesn't fit and force them to wear it?

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Post by LeannaAndPerry on Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:28 pm

I don't much ever reply but sometimes I do. Here goes.

My aunt has been a foster parent in Oklahoma for about 23 years. Just in the first ten years she had over 50 children in her home. Each child upon entering a foster home comes with a 250.00 voucher for clothing from some local retailers in her city. Like walmart, Target, etc. They also get a voucher that is used for School supplies twice a year. She receives vouchers for Diapers, milk, baby supplies that wouldn't otherwise be covered by clothing vouchers. She would get a voucher for each child to get two pairs of shoes right off the bat. She said because the wait she has til she gets her foster parent supplement is usually about one month.

However, as a rule of thumb for the system where she lives, they don't send anything with the children when they leave accept one fav. toy and the clothing they have on the day they leave unless they are being placed in a new foster home (which was rare) and then they take only their clothes.

She also received 250.00 per child cash allowance for Christmas presents, a voucher for each child a new coat at the onset of winter. And as needed. She would receive a small food allowance on a (Now called ) Snap card per child. But each month was reloaded with the proper amount while they were in her care. She received about 1200 per month cash for each child while they were in her home. And at any given time she had three or more foster children.

Now, I raised my two girls on her clothing that was bought for her foster children. And her son had 13 kids, and he raised his children on her clothing too. And she told me that at any given time her attic was packed full of big boxes age appropriate clothing. It was a blessing in disguise for me and my girls.... but it's overspending. They could have been reusing many of those things. Everything she gave me was always like brand new. Even shoes.

Oh, and I didn't mention, they (DHS) always showed up on special holidays with vehicles full of stuff.

She once told me even her children never got as much as foster children. She adopted four of those children. She raised the first three and adopted another one. He is now 14 and she is 58. All of which had disabilities. She is a great woman! But they did over do it if you ask me. And those dollar figures was from a conversation we had about 10 years ago. I'm sure things have changed.

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