I adopted 4 children from the foster care system. It has become very apparent that they need childcare for a much longer duration than the average child. I continue to have to pay for childcare for them despite their advancing ages. We live below the poverty level and paying for childcare expenses represents a substantial portion of our budget. Our lives would improve dramatically if we did not have to incur this expense. We would have more for decent food and clothing. These aren't luxuries but meager necessities.