Wow, I am completely wiped out tonight. The storage containers that will be taking all of our stuff down to Florida arrived this morning, so we spent all day carrying boxes around. Not only that, but a lot of stuff was still in our storage unit, so my sister and I were back and forth bringing van-loads of boxes home from fifteen minutes away; it was crazy.
Now, I can't believe that it's Friday again already... it seems like last Friday was yesterday! This means that it's time for another Foster Parent Friday interview, this time from a woman who wishes to be referred to as "S.S." and wants to share her perspective on being a foster parent.
Do you do respite, short-term, or long-term care?
How many children have you taken in over that period of time?
Do you limit your care to a certain age group? If so, what ages do you take in?
"Yes, 0-10 [years]."
Have you ever adopted any children? If so, how many?
Did you have any biological children when you started foster care? If so, how many? How old were they at the time?
"No bio kids at all."
What were your biggest concerns as you started your foster care journey?
"That we would be able to love someone else's child (& yes we can!)."
What is the biggest lesson you learned from being a foster parent?
"It isn't easy & no 2 kids are the same. What works for 1 doesn't work for someone else. That having other foster carers' support is a huge bonus!"
Is there anything you would change about your experience as a foster parent?
"No - the kids we have had come through our house were meant to be with us."
Do you have any words of wisdom for future or new foster parents?
"Take one day [at] a time & it is OK to say 'no' to a child & it is also OK to end a placement if it is not working out for your family. Don't let your agency push you into saying 'yes' to a placement. Go with your 'gut' feeling - it is most often the right decision."
Are you a foster parent who is interested in doing an interview for Foster Parent Fridays? Send me a message through my Contact page and I'll give you the details! I'm looking forward to sharing more interviews in the future to showcase the perspectives of other foster parents!
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