After writing about the age rule that we have in our home, I was thinking about the way that other foster families set boundaries for the children that they can take into their homes. I wanted to talk about how I feel about taking in children based on age, when the ages of other children in the home is not a factor for families.
There's a big need for foster parents who are willing to take in older children. In a family like mine, yes, we only take in children younger than our youngest family member, but that doesn't mean that we only take in infants and toddlers. When it was just my brother and I, before he was officially a Krigsman, we took in a girl who was a year younger than me (a year older than him). I was in second grade, she was in first, and my brother was in kindergarten. Okay, sure, maybe that wasn't exactly an "older" child, but a lot of people only want to take in the cute little babies. It's important to remember how much school age children (whether they be in elementary, middle, or high school) need foster homes too.
If you're thinking about becoming foster parents, and you have older children, no children, or you're willing to take in kids older than the ones you already have, then please, think about telling DSS that you'll take in older children, not just infants and toddlers. They need help, and there's not enough people out there who can help them.
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