For many years there has been a movement towards the professionalization of foster parents. “Many people, including me, believe foster parents should be trained better, supported better — and paid better,” says Duerr Berrick, a professor at the School of Social Welfare at The University of California Berkeley. On the flip side–“Kids know the difference between a job and not a job,” said Tracey Feild, director and manager of the child welfare strategy group for the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. She advocates providing more support and training–but not necessarily the financial incentive.
It’s an interesting debate–but one thing we can all agree on is the need for more high quality foster homes.