“The agency rates for placement of each child can range from $2,966 to $6,371.00 per month. These rates versus the county rates place a burden on the taxpayers. Because of these rates and availability of Madera County foster parents, the county increase of monies spent for placement has risen 58% from 1998 to March 2004. The increase dollar amount is $1,446,017.00.”

Madera County 2005-06 Grand Jury, Final Report by Rick Thoma