Catholic charities paid Oregon militia spokesman over $100,000 a year to foster children

Oregon militia spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum said that four of his foster children, living with his wife in Arizona, were taken away.

Oregon militia spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum said that four of his foster children, living with his wife in Arizona, were taken away.

“I hope people are seeing the sacrifices we’re making here,” Finicum said.

Over the past decade, the Finicum family has fostered more than 50 boys who often come from group homes, drug rehabs, and psychiatric institutions in their Chino Valley ranch house.

“My ranch has been a great tool for these boys,” Finicum said. “It has done a lot of good.”

The militia spokesman said his wife was caring for the children while he was away occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. According to reports, a social worker removed the first of them on January 4th, just a few days after to Oregon and the last was removed on January 9th.

He blames “pressure from the feds,” who “must have gotten to the governor, who told the state to get them out of there.”

According to opd:

That represents an enormous loss of income for the Finicums. According to a 2010 tax filing, Catholic Charities paid the family $115,343 to foster children in 2009. That year, foster parents were compensated between $22.31 and $37.49 per child, per day, meaning if the Finicums were paid at the maximum rate, they cared for, on average, eight children per day in 2009.

“That was my main source of income,” Finicum said. “My ranch, well, the cows just cover the costs of the ranch. If this means rice and beans for the next few years, so be it. We’re going to stay the course.”
Since then, Catholic Charities has increased payments for foster care significantly, but it does not itemize the dollar amount the Finicums were paid in subsequent years.

Another militia man, said in a video that Child Protective Services took his children out of his home. However, his claim could not be independently verified.

“I want to show what my government is doing,” Finicum said. “You need to understand the cost being paid by many people.”

Featured image: Robert “LaVoy” Finicum (The Oregonian)



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    Jim Smith

    January 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    all the while teaching wrong at our expense,

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    JT Easy

    January 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    What about the cost to the kids being brought up by angry, isolated haters.

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    January 18, 2016 at 1:18 am

    They want to take public land that is protected by the Gov, and give it to Private groups and Orgs for use to create a profit… Think about it for a moment. It is a park, open to the public to use as long as they respect it. We, the public, pay upkeep in the form of tax. Therefore it is public owned land. They want ranchers to use it to feed cattle, companies to come and mine it out, and loggers to cut down the trees. All of whom are private companies who would reap all the rewards….. How is what they want “giving back to the people”? It seems to me that they are taking from the people for corporate greed. And people are falling for it.

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    Kevin Michael Allan

    January 18, 2016 at 2:28 am

    this whole deal is a sham, 30 videos show why this is a government Psy-Op http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x492bh_Masterofmanythings_bundy-2-the-oregon-debacle

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    Ian Richardson

    January 18, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Because nothing says responsible parent like invading a public building and trying to start an armed shoot-out and massacre.

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    Shari G

    January 18, 2016 at 5:12 am

    He should have thought about the possible impact on his life, and his family’s life, before he became oh-so-publicly involved in a militia occupation.

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    January 18, 2016 at 7:59 am

    He earns his living off of foster children. I now am going to vomit.

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    January 18, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Now the state must follow up with these young victims and council them on the brainwashing they no doubt encountered

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    January 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Only male foster kids?? Over 50 of them?? I smell a possible molester…

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    January 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Where did he store his guns? Especially with troubled kids around?

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    January 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Good question. I can’t imagine him being a responsible gun owner.

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    Barbara Finn Visconti

    January 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Excellent post!

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    Aron Axes

    January 18, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Living off someone else is called parasite. So this parasite should be prosecuted for using children as objects, not for taking care of them.

    If the church is giving that much money, i think every church should start paying taxes like everybody else. They infiltrate, school , government, parties, they’re no longer separate from politics; so they should pay for their involvement in it.

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    January 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm


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    Willow Arune

    January 18, 2016 at 6:15 pm


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    January 18, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Those conservative Republicans and their ilk have done their jobs well. They have destroyed the education system to remove critical thinking. Education is about passing tests. This has lead to a huge number of people believing the propaganda they are deluged with on a daily basis from watching Faux News.

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    January 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Catholic Charities is a private religious organization. It is not governed by the federal government in its foster, adoption services other than doing it in a proper, legal fashion. They obviously made a decision that the foster parents were participating in an illegal activities.

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    Jessica Restrepo

    January 18, 2016 at 7:57 pm

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    January 19, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I was a foster child in KY in the mid to late 90s, in a home with 10 other foster kids and the biological son of my foster parents. It’s not at all unusual to foster only one gender – especially in the case of special needs children, as were many of us. While I can’t speak for the Finicum home, my foster parents were more parents to me than my biological ones, and there was no molestation or abuse. It was arguably the best thing to happen to me (and my younger brother) in our short lives. Please don’t make assumptions like that in general because of this nutcase’s idiotic crusade.

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    January 19, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I meant to add that in my 3 years as a ward of the state in one foster home, I saw at least another hundred boys (probably closer to two hundred) come through our home for various reasons and amounts of time. 50 isn’t that many, really.

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    January 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Actually I smell free labor. What a deal–you get paid to take care of these kids and in return they work for you for free.

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    Joining you – the whole thing was a charade!

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