03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Study: Parents Of Foster Kids Don't Get Enough Funds

Most states pay foster parents far less than what middle-income families spend to raise their children, says a report out today by University of Maryland researchers.

"Foster parents should receive the funds they need," says co-author Julie Farber, director of policy at Children's Rights, a New York-based advocacy group. Too often, she says, they either stop taking in foster kids or dig into their own pockets to pay for prom dresses and Boy Scout uniforms.

The report comes as more states report a shortage of families to care for the 500,000 children nationwide in foster care.

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