Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Yesterday, I wrote about how much work caseworkers do with each foster child's case. We've dealt with many caseworkers over the course of our time as a foster family.
Though I've had nineteen siblings, that doesn't mean that we've worked with nineteen caseworkers. Depending on the situation, we've had less, or more, than one caseworker per child. For example, when we've had sibling pairs placed with us, they share a caseworker. We've had quite a few sibling pairs over the years, most obviously my twin sisters of course.
Sometimes, we'll end up working with more than one caseworker per child. Take my brother's case, for instance... he had one caseworker who ended up going on maternity leave, another that ended up getting a promotion or something, and we just kept getting new caseworkers left and right. But especially in that case, all of the caseworkers who started working with my family were so amazing, and they would each keep the others in the loop about what was going on when they weren't working with us anymore. Every single caseworker that was part of our journey with my brother ended up coming to his adoption ceremony to celebrate with us.
That brings me to another point... we've also worked with adoption caseworkers as well. When a foster child's case is transferred to the adoption unit, the foster care caseworker hands over the reins to an adoption caseworker. The adoption process is so different from the foster care journey that you need a caseworker who specializes in that part of the case.
One time, and one time only, we actually worked with a caseworker twice. She was one of the caseworker's on my brother's case, and then we worked with her again with a sibling pair that was placed with us. My mom actually forgot that we had ever repeated caseworkers until she was going through old paperwork last week, because it had only happened once in all of the years we were doing foster care in New York.
I'd just like to end by saying that when I say "we" worked with caseworkers, I really mean my mom.... the rest of us were at school or work when caseworkers were popping by. My mom does most of the work at home while my dad's working out of the house... yay Mom and Dad!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.