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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Tonight, I thought I would talk a little bit about caseworkers. Each time you take in a foster child, you deal with at least two caseworkers.
The first caseworker you deal with works for CPS. They accompany the child from their home to the new foster home. This caseworker usually doesn't know much about the child's background, and can only tell the foster parents what the situation was at the time the child was removed from the home.
The second caseworker that you deal with works with DSS. This is the caseworker assigned to the child's case after the transfer to foster care goes through. This caseworker will work with you until either the child goes home or you are transferred to the adoption unit. This caseworker comes to your house once a month for a visit to check up on how the child is doing in the home. This is the person who answers any and all questions for you and helps to sort out any problems that arise.
If you end up going through to an adoption, you'll also work with an adoption caseworker. But starting the adoption process doesn't happen with most of the foster kids you take in, so you don't actually deal with an adoption caseworker too often.
We have been fortunate enough to have worked with plenty of great caseworkers over the years. Of course, every once in a while you end up stuck with a caseworker who you can't stand, but for the most part we've dealt with some great people.
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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.