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posted 07/20/15

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A look at what happens to children who've lost parents to death, mental illness, addiction and other causes yielded some notable lessons for one reporter.

Gary and Beverly Trotter were asked by family services to foster their two grandsons in December. They were supposed to receive about $800 a month. Almost four months later, they’re still waiting for that money.

Studies show that children who live with grandparents or other relatives typically fare better than children in foster care, but at what cost? Many say they are ill equipped and burnt out trying to be social workers, nurses and therapists for their vulnerable charges.