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I was just thinking back to when my brother and I were little... He was four, so he wasn't in real school yet, but my mom and dad wanted to put him in a preschool program. My parents were even going to pay out of pocket for it.... DSS had a "rule" against this though.
According to my source (always need to double-check facts with my mom!), DSS said that my brother could be put in a "daycare" program, but not a "preschool" program. It also didn't matter if my parents were willing to pay, because they weren't allowed to do so.
Sometimes DSS rules just really make me crazy. First, why can't a kid be enrolled in preschool? That's not a crazy request... Second, shouldn't they be thrilled if the foster parents are willing to pay for extra things for the child? That would seem like such a relief to me, knowing that a foster child is really being taken care of and looked out for, being given all of the opportunities for success that the foster parents are capable of giving them.
It seems to me like preschool-age foster children would have no fun if foster parents didn't find some kind of program for them, whether it be a preschool class or a mommy-and-me crafts program (which I think is similar to what my mom finally got my brother involved in so that he would have something to do during the day)... These kids need to get out and about and meet other people their age. DSS should be encouraging that, not creating rules against it.
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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.