Hawaii Gov. Ige seeks pay raises for foster parents

Hawaii Gov. Ige seeks pay raises for foster parents

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials say a legal battle over how much families are paid to care for foster children could cost Hawaii millions of dollars.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a 2013 class-action lawsuit accused the state of violating requirements of the federal Child Welfare Act that foster-care payments be sufficient to cover the cost of providing for a child's basic needs.

The parties involved reached a tentative settlement last year that would have raised the monthly rates to $649 per child for younger children and $776 for children 12 years and older.

The deal expired in June and the case is scheduled for trial in March.

While attorneys representing the foster parents say they're prepared to litigate the case, Hawaii Gov. David Ige is requesting $7.13 million to raise the monthly payments.

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