It looks like one of the Y’all Qaeda patriots just lost his federally subsidized meal ticket due to his two week temper tantrum. Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) reports that Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and his wife Jeanette have been living off a government paycheck for the last ten years through their revolving door of fostering teenagers at their ranch in Chino Valley, Arizona. While he went off to play militia man starting 15 days ago, he decided to leave his wife to care for 4 troubled young boys.
Many of these young men have long histories of mental health issues, substance abuse issues and emotional and developmental needs due to trauma experienced as a child. So, clearly leaving these 4 young men alone with their foster mother was probably not acceptable to the Arizona Department of Social Services. Within days of Finicum leaving his home to play Patriot, all four boys were removed from the home, thereby reducing the Finicum’s income to $0.
Finicum believes the removal of the kids was due to “pressure from the feds.” He told OPB:
“They were ripped from my wife,” Finicum said. “We are very successful foster parents. Our track records are good, it’s been a good relationship. Federal authorities must have gotten to the governor, who told the state to get them out of there.”
Finicum told OPD that he and his wife are licensed through Catholic Charities Community Services in Arizona but that although his license is still valid, he will not be receiving any more foster children. It is unclear whether he was told that he would not be receiving foster children or if he has made that decision on his own.
This is a huge financial loss for the Finicum’s. He states that:
“That was my main source of income. My ranch, well, the cows just cover the costs of the ranch. If this means rice and beans for the next few years, so be it. We’re going to stay the course.”
The Finicum’s 2010 tax filings show that Catholic Charities paid the family $115,343 to foster children in 2009 alone. During that year, Child Welfare Policy reports that foster parents in Arizona were paid between $22.31 and $37.49 per child, per day. OPD calculated that in order to receive $115, 343 in 2009, the Finicum’s had to be fostering at least 8 children each day for all 365 days, on average.
It is unclear if the four foster children will be returned to the Finicum’s home when Robert decides to pack up his camping gear and go home. Clearly, he and his wife enjoy fostering kids and are unafraid to take on a seemingly difficult population – teenage boys with mental health and substance abuse issues. That is a tough job. Hopefully he will realize that that is a more important job than playing Patriot at a camp out and go back home, where he is needed.Click here for reuse options!
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