Adoptive Parents Wait for Checks, while Luzerne CYS Admits Error

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY -- Some parents in Luzerne County believe they have been shortchanged this month when it comes to being compensated for care they provide to children they adopted.

They were supposed to receive checks 12 days ago.

And as of today, They are still waiting for money

Cindy Dinoski and her husband adopted four children in the past 10 years.

They usually receive a monthly assistance check from Luzerne County Children and Youth Services for the kids' care.

This month, the check arrived four days late.

"I opened it up the next morning to find there wasn`t even a quarter of what would normally be in the check," said Cindy Dinoski.

She received just $350 for what should have been a $2700 check.

As she prepares a Thanksgiving dinner, she worries about the November bills she struggles to pay.

"I`m paying interest on credit cards," Dinoski said.  "I`m being charged late fees for bills paid, because the money is not there to pay them."

The Dinoskis and 472 other parents adopted children from foster care and receive state money because in some cases the children had medical needs.

In other cases parents received the assistance to adopt siblings, so the children weren't split apart.

Luzerne County Children and Youth Services Deputy Director Gerald Muth said a mistake was made at the Wilkes-Barre headquarters.

Muth says the office filed its quarterly report to the Pennsylvania  Department of Public Welfare too late to get the full amount from the state. He offers no excuses, only an apology to the adopted parents who haven`t been paid in full.

"You`re punishing the families and the children that the money is allotted for," said Cindy Dinoski.
Her full assistance check for November, and the checks of other adoptive parents are in the Luzerne County Court House.

The checks will sit there until Children and Youth receives the money from the state to cover the costs.

"When does it end?," asks Dinoski.


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  • Cynthia Dinoski

    I’m so happy that all of you ASSUME to know all about the guidelines of subsidized adoption (I didn’t even know such a thing existed). This story, had it not been so edited, would have made it clear to you that it was about the lies we were being told and not purely about money. I can assure you that the children’s money and more is spent on them (probably to the point of being spoiled). How many of you have stepped up to become Foster parents or adoptive parents? There certainly is a great need. These children are being given a chance at life that never would have existed otherwise. Does the money help provide for that? Of course. They are entitled to this money (not us the parents) and it provides advantages for them that otherwise they might not experience. Don’t be so quick to judge!

  • Adoptedmom5

    You people make me sick! Adoption / support in not given to all family’s who adopt children………Not all family’s adopt for money, some people can not have children & the SUPPORT would be a great help! It does not always work like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kelly

    I’m sorry you adopted these kids. Why are they getting assistance? The procedures and checks include financial stability. So basically these are just foster parents, they don’t want these kids without a check. Beyond disgraceful.

  • jellystoneranger

    I am sure these kids are valued for just being themselves and not a commodity ! Yeah right ! Just another form of welfare on the backs of taxpayers . You adopt children because you want to give them a loving and caring home and not viewed as an income stream ! If the first you want to know when asking about adoption is how much a month do l get for each you do not get a child! Period.

  • Disgusted

    So you are telling me they are getting paid AFTER they have adopted the children?? I can see if they were foster children, but if they are adopted, why are they still getting paid?? Sounds like everyone should adopt a kid so they can get paid. Why work?? What a racket!!! Rediculous!!!

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