In early September, back when Sabrina was living with us, her worker told me that they were changing her status from a level one to a level two because she was now in counseling. I almost cried as I signed the papers because to me that meant that she was now considered more "damaged" and I was just so sad to see it even if it was just on paper.
When a child goes from level one to level two you are supposed to get more money for taking care of them. I didn't know how much, I had never had more than a level one child. Well, Sabrina was here and left and I never saw an extra penny, but I decided not to worry about it because it didn't really matter to me.
One and a half months AFTER she has left I get a check in the mail for 50 days worth of the addition level two payment. When I saw her name on the check it just, yet again, made me sad. And annoyed that the money didn't come until after she was already gone.
On another note, I was surprised to see that it was a bigger "jump" money wise than I thought it would be. I get $300 per month per child for level one that is "my" money. If you have a level two child you get $450 per month per child that is "your" money. I found this very interesting because it didn't really take me any more money to take care of her besides the gas money for her weekly counseling.
I have ALWAYS been curious how anyone could live off of foster care but I guess if you are willing to go into the higher levels and have 5 kids I guess it would be doable.
Sad sad sad.