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Foster Mother Questions Paid Parenting

Foster Mother Questions Paid Parenting

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Foster mother Mary Callahan talks about her op-ed, "Mercenary Motherhood," in which she argues that paying foster parents too much for their services is not good for the foster care system — or for foster kids. She says "professional parenting" may be necessary, but it is far from ideal. Callahan's op-ed appeared last week in The Los Angeles Times.