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Have you ever moved? I don't know about moving within a state, but when you move across state lines like we did, there's a lot that you need to take care of when you're getting settled.
Just about everything that you need to do after a big move requires lots of paperwork. Proof of residency, birth certificates, physicals, utility bills, driver's licenses... the list goes on and on. The rough part is that all of the paperwork builds off of each other. For instance, you can't get a new driver's license unless you have your birth certificate and proof of residency. You need a utility bill in order to show proof of residency. And for some reason, in this era of going paperless, everything needs to be in a hard copy form.
We tried to go register all of the kids for school today, but couldn't accomplish anything. We ended up only going to the elementary school since we found out at that first stop that we needed more to get everyone registered. We don't have our new driver's licenses yet, so we need to take care of that first. We have proof of residency, but apparently it needs to be printed out. My mom has everyone's physicals (in hard copy luckily) but it turns out that they need to come from a Floridian doctor's office... so we need to find a new pediatrician pronto and get everything switched over in order to be able to get the kids signed up for school. There's so much that needs to be taken care of and it's making us all crazy!
This whole process does make me realize why foster children are placed in homes within their own county though. Imagine if they were placed across state lines, and all of this stuff had to be done before they could go to a new school? It must be hard enough when family members step up to take the kids and they live in another state. It takes a lot of work to get foster kids settled in a new house; it would be crazy if they were placed so far from their hometown.
Oh, and I can't forget to mention the rest of the paperwork that needs to be taken care of... I need to get all of my stuff together so I can go for Florida teaching certification! I found out where I need to go today, so I'm excited to begin this journey. Maybe I can get a substitute position for this school year, before I go to get my Master's Degree. I can't wait to see what the future holds!
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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.