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Should foster parents be considered state employees..and therefore union members?

The state of Oregon is considering such a proposal.  What are your thoughts on this?

 

http://www.leg.state.or.us/11reg/measures/sb0600.dir/sb0666.intro.html

^^Link to the actual legislation.

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yourspecialkid

Asked by yourspecialkid at 2:08 PM on Mar. 29, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I like that idea. Weed out the riff raff, more accountability.

    As long as a union wasn't going to protect them and not the kids in the instances of abuse/neglect allegations
    hibbingmom

    Answer by hibbingmom at 2:09 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • Wow! Do you really think the unions will consider the kids. The unions will give the crappy parents something to hide behind and the legal clout to do it. Just look at what it has done for the crappy teachers..have you heard of the "rubber room" teachers...they are unfit to teach for whatever reason but they aren't fireable. So they go to "work" in a "rubber room" everyday. In other words they are paid to sit on their butts and do nothing while the schools are floundering for lack of funds.

    yourspecialkid

    Comment by yourspecialkid (original poster) at 2:14 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • From what I understand the money foster parents receive isn't a pay check but money to us for care of the child. Food, clothing and things like that. So no they are not state employees.
    mommy2boys03

    Answer by mommy2boys03 at 2:16 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • I'd hope that there would be better regulations, more accountability, more reasons to be good/do good. You want them to care for the kids but not necessarily fall in love with them, the goal should always be family reunification
    hibbingmom

    Answer by hibbingmom at 2:16 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • From what I understand the money foster parents receive isn't a pay check but money to us for care of the child. Food, clothing and things like that. So no they are not state employees.





    That's what the money is SUPPOSE to be for.

    and no, it's NOT a paycheck, it's a SUPPORT check for the kids, NOT the foster parents. So, no. They are not state employee's.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • You all do realize that foster parents have pretty much always been looked on by the state as "paid babysitters". There are plenty of crappy foster parents, always have been, as well as crappy social workers. I don't see where a Union would make much difference seeing as they have never made much of an attempt at getting rid of the crappy foster parents to begin with.
    meriana

    Answer by meriana at 2:20 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • Wow! Do you really think the unions will consider the kids. The unions will give the crappy parents something to hide behind and the legal clout to do it. Just look at what it has done for the crappy teachers..have you heard of the "rubber room" teachers...they are unfit to teach for whatever reason but they aren't fireable. So they go to "work" in a "rubber room" everyday. In other words they are paid to sit on their butts and do nothing while the schools are floundering for lack of funds.


    Exactly. If Foster parents were protected by a union child abusers and molesters would have a union backing them and it would cost the state more money every year and kids would be less safe. Teachers unions have helped destroy our nations schools we don't need them involved in anything else that has to do with children.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:36 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • No, no way
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:53 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • Foster parents are not state employees they are volunteers who open their homes and their wallets to children in need. Yes, the state pays a portion of the child's expenses, but what you get each month is not enough to raise a child on.
    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 4:18 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!!!!

    The SEIU was also trying to get primary home caregivers (family members of the person they were caring for) to "go union!!" I was wondering how that would work....would the caregiver be given healthcare benefits, paid sick, personal and vacation days, and a retirement pension?! Or was it SOLELY so the SEIU could extract UNION DUES!?!! Hmmmm.....I wonder!!! UGH!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:18 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

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