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Tonight, I thought I would give a little bit of information about what you go through when you're first becoming foster parents. There is a process called a home study that all prospective foster parents need to go through before getting licensed.
Now, from my own personal experience, I don't actually remember when my parents went through their home study because I was only two at the time. But I've talked to my mom about what they went through in order to become foster parents, so I can provide a basic description of what the home study entails.
Prospective foster parents are interviewed about many details of their life. This includes what their family life is like (if they have anyone else living in the home with them), what they do for a living, and what experience they have with children. Home finders from DSS need to see the house that the prospective foster parents live in as well.
I believe that prospective foster parents also need to provide character references to DSS from at least three people. DSS checks into quite a lot before allowing people to become foster parents.
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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.