New Study: OH foster parents paid half the cost of raising kids

NEW YORK (AP) - A first-of-its-kind survey finds Ohio is one of the least generous states when it comes to paying foster parents.

The new report says most states reimburse foster parents much, much less than what they spend on raising a foster child. Ohio is said to be one of five states that would need to more than double their current base rates to adequately cover the actual child-rearing costs.

The study draws its conclusions based on regional living expenses. It was done by the University of Maryland School of Social Work and two advocacy groups. They say skimpy payments to foster parents make it harder to find good homes for children who need them.

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Associated Press contributed to this report.