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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Yesterday, I briefly mentioned something about my littlest sister going on visits with her mom every week. I don’t think that I’ve ever explained how visits work with foster kids, so I thought I would take a minute and explain these visits.
When a child is placed into foster care, the goal is always to reconnect the child with their biological family in the end. So for the length of time that the child is in foster care, they are brought on visits (weekly or bi-weekly) with their parents. The parents usually go to the DSS offices, and a driver who works for DSS picks up the child from their foster family’s house, and then brings them to the office. The driver is also a supervisor for the visit, as the parents are not allowed to be alone with the child without supervision. The visits usually last about an hour, and then the child is brought back to their foster family.
Over the course of the child’s stay in foster care, the visits may be increased, if it looks like the parents are doing well and will eventually be regaining custody of their child. So if the visits start out as bi-weekly, they may be increased to weekly. They may go from only an hour each week, to two hours each week. Eventually, the parents might get a visit that is unsupervised. At the very end, when the parents will be getting the child back soon, the judge may grant permission for weekend visitation, which means that the child goes home for the whole weekend with their parents.
Visits are handled differently in each case, according to the needs of the child, parents, and foster parents. Each case is very different. But we have been lucky enough to have some incredible drivers assigned to our children in the past, and we have enjoyed having them in our lives for the time that they work on our case.
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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.