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On yesterday's post, I talked about packing up things that we don't need right now, in preparation for our move to Florida in a few months. I received a comment on the post, asking if we will continue to do foster care after we move, and if so, will my parents need to be re-certified in Florida. I thought I would address the question in a new post.
We've actually been talking about this issue the past couple of weeks. Foster care has been so much a part of our family's identity over the course of my lifetime, that it is strange to think that we may not always be a foster family. I always knew that one day in the future my parents would stop taking in children. I kind of always figured that my parents wouldn't have toddlers in the house when they were 100 years old, you know?
Well the honest answer to the comment from yesterday is that I don't know if we're going to continue doing foster care. My parents just don't know what they want to do yet. I know for sure that if we do continue, it won't be immediately after we move. We'll need some time to settle in first, and get to know the area.
If we do continue to take in foster children, then yes, my parents will need to go through the re-certification process in Florida. They actually get re-certified every year here in New York. My mom just spoke to one of the ladies from DSS who we've known for years, because my parents are up for re-certification soon. It was the first time that my mom said anything abut us moving, because it hasn't come up before, but she needed to say something because there's no point in my parents going through the process up here since we're not going to be living in New York for much longer.
I'm not sure how the process would differ in Florida if my parents were to be re-certified after we move; there would probably be a background check, maybe they would be able to look into the fact that my parents were certified up here... I'm not sure. That's definitely something that I would be able to write about in the future though, depending on what happens with our status as a foster family.
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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.