By Delegates Farris and Trump:
H. C. R. 5--"Providing for a raise of the per diem rate for foster family care homes in the State of West Virginia to fifteen dollars per day."
Whereas, West Virginia currently pays its foster family care homes at a rate that is one of the lowest, if not the lowest, in the country; and
Whereas, The low rate hinders the recruitment efforts for foster families who would otherwise welcome abused and neglected children into their homes; and
Whereas, Currently, the per diem rate varies by the age of the children being cared for, and all of these rates fall below the national average for monthly maintenance; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the per diem rates for the foster family care homes in West Virginia be standardized, rather than vary by the age of the children, to a rate of fifteen dollars per day; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates be directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources.