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For foster parents of disabled children, money stays tight

In this July 28, 2017, photo, Kathleen, 12, a disabled adopted daughter of Vivian Shine-King, poses for a portrait at her home in Philadelphia. For foster parents of disabled children, money is getting tighter. The reimbursements are seen as crucial because the high costs of caring for such children makes it less likely they'll ever be adopted. Philadelphia, Missouri and Oklahoma are among places giving payments to foster parents of disabled children a closer look. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) Source: The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Like most parents trying to make ends meet, Vivian Shine-King needs to get creative sometimes. When she has to take her four children to doctor's appointments, for instance, she'll make sure multiple kids are booked at the same clinic around the same time, helping her to save on gas and parking.

But Shine-King isn't your average parent. She is foster mother to four disabled children and relies on government money to make sure they get what they need, including — crucially — health care.

"Couple of times I've had to park the car

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