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Old Aug 15th, 2016, 01:24 AM   1
helloeveryone
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Any foster carers about???


Just wondered if there was any foster carers about, my last placement left me two weeks ago, and I am currently waiting for another one to keep me busy.
I hate the waiting part, the phone rings and you jump to the phone in hope, but it's normally my mum LOL.
anyone about who knows how I feel, waiting and waiting for a call that might not come for days weeks or months.??

sorry having a down moment, as I love my job, it is so rewarding, knowing I am helping the babies grow and thrive, and helping the birth mums learn how to be better parents.
Bored waiting, anyone welcome to chat to me xx



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Old Sep 21st, 2016, 23:09 PM   2
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Hi there, I'm just now going through licensing to become a foster parent. Our first home study is tomorrow! We'll be fostering babies/toddlers under age 4, though I'd like to focus mostly on babies under 1.



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2016, 02:50 AM   3
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Hi there, I'm just now going through licensing to become a foster parent. Our first home study is tomorrow! We'll be fostering babies/toddlers under age 4, though I'd like to focus mostly on babies under 1.
Hi lovely to hear from you,
How did your first home study go???

I can still remember mine well, I really wanted to foster and I had done so much reading about it online, so it was lovely to find out they seemed to like us, and that there was a chance we could foster..xxx



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Old Sep 27th, 2016, 08:07 AM   4
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I'm only on my first placement and that happened before our final paperwork was even finished so Idk about the waiting yet lol. I hope you get another placement soon!



 
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Old Sep 29th, 2016, 13:30 PM   5
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I am also a foster parent. We typically take newborns. We have had our current placement for 20 months. This is an age we have little experience with. We are just waiting for an adoptive family to be found.



 
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Old Sep 30th, 2016, 04:20 AM   6
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Lovely to have some more foster carers to talk to..

We are still waiting, there is also quite a lot of carers waiting,and some been empty for a few months or more...

Just want to help in anyway we can....



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Old Oct 3rd, 2016, 09:47 AM   7
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Wow, the foster parents in our area very rarely have empty spots open. There is a huge shortage here! A lot of kids have been sleeping in police stations, hotels, the cps offices. It's very sad.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2016, 12:00 PM   8
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Our area also, they are always looking for homes. Apparently teens and infants they can't get enough of. It's seasonal though. I have been fostering for almost 4 years, only been empty for a couple weeks. We take infants, mostly get newborns. Our current placement has been with us almost 2 years...way longer than we are used to.

Are there any rules as to how long kids can stay in care in your area? Here they say that infants (I forget what age) SHOULD only stay 1 year before being placed for adoption. They typically allow parents longer than 1 year to work on getting their kids back. I am not sure if there is a restriction for older kids.



 
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Old Nov 5th, 2016, 02:29 AM   9
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I am still waiting for another placement!!
So fed up with waiting it has been months now, everyone says to be patient...
Anyone other foster carer about who know how I feel??
The phone rings at every call I hope it's a call, I carry my phone around with me everywhere.
But yet I still get no calls..scared to go on holiday in case I miss a call..
Can't afford Christmas because I have had no money coming in for months now. ( but I am not aloud to moan about having no money as people think we are fostering for the money, but I am 100% NOT)...
I love looking after children/ babies...fostering is going to be my job for life, BUT I HATE WAITING !!

Right moan over, that feels better...



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Old Nov 7th, 2016, 14:38 PM   10
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wow...helloeveryone...That's a long wait.

I know that there was a time quite some time ago that our agency had a lot of open beds, then they went to having a shortage. People here were also waiting for months with empty beds. I know exactly how you feel every time that phone rings.

The placement that we have right now we have had for 22 months. We had another little one during the time we had this little one, he came before her. I just looked back to see how long its been since we were empty. We have not been empty since August 2014. Holy!

I don't even remember what it's like to get a new placement anymore. It will be interesting because once this placement leaves we will be changing agencies.



 
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