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Tonight, I was thinking about the preparation that’s needed with planning an out-of-state vacation when you have a foster child in the home. I guess preparing for finals week has been making me wish I was preparing for vacation instead!
So when you have a foster child, you can’t just pack up and go out of the state for a vacation. The state that you live in is responsible for the foster child, which means that they have to be notified in advance when you go out of that state. Now, I don’t think that means that you have to notify DSS if you go on a little day trip over a state line, but if you’re going away for a few days or a week, you definitely have to let them know ahead of time.
We’ve gone on plenty of vacations with foster children in the past, and it’s never been an issue. As long as the caseworker knows where you are, and that the child is safe, then it’s really not a problem, as far as I can tell. You just have to make sure you prepare ahead of time.
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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.