HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Raynette Nalani Ah Chong is passionate about
helping foster children and parents.
That's why she is bringing a class action lawsuit against the state of
Hawaii for failing to pay foster parents enough for them to care for the children
in their homes.
The state has failed to increase monthly payments since
1990. Currently, it is $529 per month as
it was over 20 years ago.
Adjusted for inflation, that figure would be $950 per month.
There are approximately 1000 foster parent in Hawaii whose
interests are being represented in the suit, by the non-profit firm Hawaii
Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, and the law firm of Alston Hunt
Floyd and Ing. Global law firm Morrison
& Foerster LLP is also involved in the case.
Hawaii has one of the highest costs of living in the
country, yet monthly payments to foster parents rank well below states like
Tennessee and Kentucky, which have some of the lowest costs of living in the
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