Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Tonight's topic is housekeeping... no, not like having a maid come clean your house. That would be great though, wouldn't it? I'm sure that my mom would appreciate that! No, the housekeeping I'm referring to would be housekeeping notes; catching up and getting people all on the same page.
First, some housekeeping about the blog! I'd like to point out two new features of Taylor Talks that you can now find on the site. The first is a page of archived posts. If you put your mouse over the link for the Blog in the menu (or click on Blog if you're on a mobile device), you'll see a new sub-menu option for Archives. This will give you a monthly list of all previous posts for easy access. Also new to the site is a feature on the Home Page. On the top right of the Home Page is a new search bar. Use it for a quick way to search for key terms in blog posts and a search results page will pop out over the screen.
That being said, I'd like to move on to housekeeping when it comes to a foster care case. I think that I've briefly discussed caseworkers before, but I can't remember if I've mentioned their monthly visits to the foster home. Basically, their monthly home visits are just housekeeping; they fill the foster parents in on what they need to know about the case, and check in on how the child is doing in the home. Scheduling these monthly visits can be helpful, but a pain in the butt as well; you can find out a lot of information about the case, but you need to make sure that at least one foster parent and the foster child are home and that you can actually have a conversation. Picture that in my house! Except for in the freezing cold winter, my mom is always out and about with the kids, and when everyone is home, there's no possible way to have an entire conversation without being interrupted. My mom always tries to schedule those meetings for during the day when everyone else is at school... that's the only time there's remotely any peace and quiet around here!
I also wanted to take a minute to talk about my first day of student teaching in my second placement. It went really well! I'm very excited to be working in this classroom and to have more time teaching. I'm looking forward to seeing how different lesson plans for kindergarten are from the lesson plans I was making for fourth grade. Less than two months until graduation, so fingers are crossed that this placement goes well!
Last two little notes for tonight... there's still time to enter the drawing for the free e-book. It's a great picture book about foster care that I'm sure little ones would really enjoy. Just click on the link for details. I'm also still trying to build up my author fan page, so if you could head over to Facebook and give me a "like," I would really be thankful to you!
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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.