I’m sure foster kids would be happy to wear second-hand clothing if they had dads:
State Sen. Bruce Caswell wants to see the state’s clothing allowance for foster children to be spent only at thrift stores. The Department of Human Services gives families an $80 annual stipend for clothing. … “I never had anything new,” Caswell told Michigan Radio. “I got all the hand-me-downs. And my dad, he did a lot of shopping at the Salvation Army, and his comment was — and quite frankly it’s true — once you’re out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes.”
Eighty bucks! Woohoo! Undoubtedly those foster parents are running over to Macy’s and blowing the whole wad irresponsibly on one pair of designer socks.
The reality is that most foster parents are hard pressed to dress kids on $80 a year. And that most of them spend out of their own pocket because the stipend just isn’t enough.
Anyway, Bruce, did you buy your own kids stuff from the thrift store? Was your annual budget just $80? How about taking your grandkids out to the Salvation Army for their yearly shopping spree? Because we can see how well you turned out. Fiscal responsibility and all that. No time like the present to teach them.