Thursday, February 7, 2008
Lately I've been hearing a lot about this book by Andrew Bridge, and it's up next on my list to read. It's a true story about a boy who was born into poverty. His mother, Hope, was institutionalized when Andrew was just seven years old, and he was placed in a foster home that didn't love or accept him. Years later he went on to become a Harvard Law School student and Fulbright scholar and has dedicated his life to helping children in the foster care system. You can find out more about foster care resources on this website, as well as a book review and information about the author.
There are still no foster kids in our home. I talked with our licensor this week, and she said that their placements have gone down considerably in the past six months because of a push to do family placements, meaning that they try and place neglected kids with their own family members first (grandmas, aunts and uncles), which really is best for the children. So I guess it's good that they haven't needed us yet. They did ask us this week to take a 16-year-old girl who is pregnant and chemically dependent, but we decided we'd better stick to our 0-10 age range for now. To be honest, we're scared of teenagers, and we're not sure that we'd have the necessary skills and experience to handle them.
It's possible that we'll start doing respite care for a 10-year-old boy one weekend a month, beginning sometime soon. We're waiting to hear more about the situation from the social worker.