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Foster parents say they are being paid late, or not at all

Foster parents say they are being paid late, or not at all. (ABC7)

A group of Maryland foster parents who care for DC children say they're not being paid on time by DC's contractor.

They complain that payments are between a week and three weeks late and it's a hardship for them and the children they keep.

Cheryl Chapman, director of the National Center for Children and Families, told ABC7 by phone that their caseload has increased from 90 to 250 foster families. They pay foster parents, then DC reimburses them. She says it's a big contract and they're making adjustments

DC can pay DC residents who are foster parents, but must use licensed agencies in Maryland. Last year DC decided to use just one and NCCF won the bid.

Some foster parents for DC children live in suburban Maryland and they say this is the first company where they've had this kind of trouble.

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