A state senator who proposes giving foster care parents a rate increase has put the measure on hold.
Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton says she has suspended work on LB 530, in part, because of its price tag: $2 million.
“I want to be able to really give my colleagues a level of comfort that what we’re doing is taking us in the right direction,” Dubas says.
The measure would adopt the Foster Care Reimbursement Rate Committee recommendations for foster care reimbursement. The Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a study of foster care rates.
Dubas says it’s best to wait for the conclusion of the study and that, in working with child welfare issues, a cautious approach is appropriate.
“The whole child welfare process has been in such a state of chaos and we’re just now starting to see some stability coming back into the system and our providers are so appreciative of that,” according to Dubas. “I don’t want to do anything that disrupts that stability that’s building.”