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The girls’ long-term foster parent had an emergency and had to go to be with her family. She did not know how long she would be gone. The girls, elementary school students, had developed a strong bond with Foster Mama and felt safe with her. They suddenly felt scared. Where were they going to go? Were they going to see her again? We cobbled together a respite plan and moved them within hours. It wasn’t
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Elijah is six years old. His birthday was last month and he had a Pokemon themed party. Not many kids went, but it was still fun. He’s going to dress up as Flying Charmander for Halloween. Elijah can tell you all about Pokemon and every character. He loves to play the online games and has every book he can find about them. He watches the cartoons every chance he gets.
Elijah has lived with the
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“Oh, nothing going in my house, just the usual. I don’t need to take up everyone’s time,” she said. Her voice was upbeat.
As a Homefinder, it often surprises the families when I know about the goings on in their households.
“I think you’ve got something pretty big coming up…Aren’t you taking guardianship of Big C?”
“Oh, that…Yep, that is coming up. But it’s no big thing,” she deflects. Foster parents so often shy away
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It takes folks an average of 6-9 months to become licensed for foster care and there are outliers who may take even more time. Why so long?
Well, there are a number of factors. Every foster care applicant has to complete MAPP class, which is 10 weeks long (one three hour session per week for ten weeks). If you can’t attend the soonest MAPP class, it likely won’t be offered again for a few months
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“The hoops are too much for me to go through for me to offer such a kind thing.”
I draw my breath in and let it out slowly.
Another applicant bites the dust.
Another home does not open their door.
Another child is left waiting.
Foster parent licensing is a process. It takes time and effort. Completing an application, running background checks and fingerprints, home interviews, MAPP class, CPR and First Aid, obtaining references...I know
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He left from school. He had his backpack and his homework. He didn't get to hug his mom.
She left from home. There wasn’t time to pack much, they had to get going. She wasn’t sure what to grab, so she just stuffed things into the garbage bag blindly. Turned out to be clothing from last season. She will have to wear a sweater and long pants tomorrow, even though it will be 84 degrees
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May is National Foster Care Month.
What does that mean? Why does it exist?
It isn’t a celebration of foster care. Foster care occurs when families do not have the supports they need to safely keep children in their homes, so that’s not something for which we should break out the party hats.
What is National Foster Care Month all about?
National Foster Care Month is a time to bring the conversation of foster care
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Dear Ms. 6,
You arrived in a storm.
It’s okay, I whispered, sliding under the kitchen table next to you. I’m scared of storms, too.
I didn’t sleep the first
night week month ever again, slipping into your room to make sure you’re still there. “If you get sick, or scared, or hurt,” I reminded you endlessly, “you just come into my room and wake me up, or call my name, and
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She was only supposed to stay for the weekend.
I told myself the reason we were only taking short-term foster care placements was to protect the hearts of the children already in our home.
And if we used the term “foster friends” instead of “brother” or “sister,” nothing would get confusing. Right?
But perhaps I was trying to protect my heart as well. Although–how deeply could you fall in love in one week?
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You’ve submitted the Foster Care Inquiry Form. You’ve completed the Application. You’ve had a Physical Standards Inspection of your home and passed. You submitted your Autobiography and now, you’ve scheduled your first Foster Parent Interview.
Your heart beats a little bit faster. What is going to happen? What if you say the wrong thing? Is there a wrong thing?
Foster care interviews are a little awkward at first. It is hard to open your