Foster Parents; Back to the basics.
Allegations where do I turn?
Part 7 of 7
We have discussed most of the areas of an allegation that you will face. It is the most life changing event that you will ever face in the area of fostering, that is. Our job is to prepare you for the hurricane that is coming your way.
- In part 6, we were quoting an article that we discovered in our research, we complete that quote now. What was that, you missed the part six were we started the quote? Need to go back.
Half of all foster children spend as much as two years in foster care and are moved from placement to placement at least three times. This leads not only to uncertainty and lack of stability in the child’s life, but some of these placements may be inappropriate for the child’s specific circumstances.
This often is due to the lack of qualified, licensed foster caregivers, but it can also occur as a result of inexperienced or overloaded caseworkers trying to get through their caseloads. We challenge you to read this report, link.
Question; If your home was a pre-adoptive home and they move this child to a new pre-adoptive home can the agency once again fill out the adoptive bonus paperwork and collect monies again….removals necessary or a tool to line pockets? You decide.
- Is the child they just removed from your home “special needs.” Is your foster home a designated therapeutic foster home?
Question, define special needs. What does that term mean to foster parents? Unless you have a child with special needs. you probably assume, as most of us do that this means a child with cerebral palsy, or another serious medical need, right? Wrong. Take a look at this definition.
- “Special Needs” is an umbrella underneath which a staggering array of diagnoses can be wedged. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound mental retardation; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems. The designation is useful for getting needed services, setting appropriate goals, and gaining understanding for a child and stressed family.
- With diagnoses like ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Dysfunction of Sensory Integration, and Tourette Syndrome, they require specialized strategies that are tailored to their specific abilities and disabilities, many of these disorders the doctor will recommend a prescription for you child. Your child is now “special needs”. Link.
We will leave that series for another time. Thanks for tuning in. Your National Foster Families Examiner
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