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Old 03-31-2011, 02:52 PM
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Question Will the child's foster money affect my SSI payments?

Hi! I'm new to this site and this is my first post. I actually just got my fostering license in the mail today (finally! =) ) and now I'm worrying that the monthly payment the agency will give me for the child will affect my SSI payments. I have a rare form of brain cancer and SS and SSI are my only means of income so I'm afraid I won't be able to take in foster children if they reduce my SSI. (And I realize I should have thought about this sooner but with all the training/home visits/etc. things have been hectic, haha.) Does anyone have any experience with this subject? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated =) Thanks!
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I dont know for sure (don't know much about SS) but since the stipend is considered a reimbursement, not an income I would think your ss/ssi wouldn't be changed. If you get an adoption subsidy that might be counted towards income though(someone please correct me if I'm wrong!)
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I'm in the process of applying for disability for my DS (5yo) and I was told it doesn't count as income for me. It may be different because it's my child who's disabled and not me.
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Thank you both for answering. I only seem to be able to find info online about if foster children are disabled but none on foster parents themselves. I seriously hope they would not cut my disability because that would mean I went through the training and hurdles for nothing. With so few foster parents out there, I would hope that they wouldn't take away what little money I do have because I want to help a child. As you said, NotDoneYet, it should be considered a reimbursement and it will be used on the child, not on myself =/

Congrats, ImpactingLives, on your upcoming adoption!!
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Hi
Where are u from in the UK? I'm from Hull, Yorkshire.
Would you not be better off in the UK- with the cancer and care been fully covered on the NHS? I may be wrong, but u can collect up to 400 pounds per week for foster care.
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Yorkshire, I actually live in the U.S. (Illinois). Brittan is just my name =)
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I think this is true. The foster care subsidy doesn't count towards income; it goes for the child.
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That is what I thought too, Millie =) I seriously hope this is correct.
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Foster Care Payments: are not deemed as available income in determining eligibility for SSI. Source: Understanding SSI -- SSI Spotlight on Deeming Parental Income and Resources
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Thanks to everyone who answered this! I really appreciate the input. I went to the Social Security office today and they definitely do NOT count foster care reimbursement as income. Nor do they for adoption.

AND I got my first foster last night at 7 o'clock. A precious 10 day old baby girl =)

Thanks again for all the help!
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