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Well, from the beginning, my littlest sister’s foster care case has been kind of odd. First of all, it started out as a temporary placement, but then she ended up staying for months, and we don’t know how her case will end. We haven’t been given a lot of information about her situation, so we don’t really know what’s going on. Instead of having bi-weekly visits, she’s been having weekly visits. Now, the caseworker is talking about going up to two visits each week.
Of course, the end goal in foster care is always to reunite the child with the biological family. We fully support changing to two visits each week. But somehow it seems that no one takes my mom’s opinion into account in this case. She told the caseworker that we couldn’t do visits on a Saturday or Sunday because as a family we are always doing things on the weekends and we aren’t around to have my little sister picked up or dropped off for a visit. Yet we still got a phone call that they’re trying to do visits on a weekend day. It’s really frustrating that my mom’s voice isn’t being heard… I know that it’s hard to get everyone’s schedule to coordinate, but my mom is the one taking care of my sister everyday, so I think that her voice should definitely be taken into account when planning visits.
Hopefully things will be worked out, and everyone will have their opinions heard. I can only hope that we will start getting more information in this case, and things will work out for everyone in the end.
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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.