Questions

What questions do YOU have for single adoptive and foster parents who have already dove into the deep end?  Post them in the comment section and we will answer soon (in a Q and A blog post).  Once your question has been answered, we'll delete from here to avoid duplicates.  Be sure to enter your email to the right so you are sure to see the answer.

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  1. How do you manage work and foster kids as a single parent, what about caseworker visits, doctors appointments, etc?

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    1. Great question - you can read some of our thoughts in the good question section.

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  2. I am presently in MAPP training, single in a 1 bedroom apt. Our state permits placement of 0-12mos for foster parents in single bedroom homes. But what about when LO turns 12mo and a day? I don't want to be the source of further trauma due to a new place. A new placement. But kids do need safe, loving homes, and i would be approved for up to 12 mo's. So, what you you suggest? As it stands now, barring any significant changes in income, I am not financially ready to move to a larger home. So... Do I walk away? Go for it? Something else?


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    1. Definitely don't walk away if this is where your heart is! There are many options that would work for your situation that I am sure your home assessor could talk with you about. Short term placements or respite would be great! Maybe even newborn or young infants who will need a placement for several months to a year. In a year your situation may change or allow for a 2 bedroom apartment, but for now there is still plenty you can do!

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    2. Bessy, thank you for your reply! I did continue w licensing and I'm approved for infant respite. I'm really enjoying it and love that I am able to do something. Also, oth FPs have drawn me in and invited me to be a part of their play dates, birthdays, etc, which has been a true blessing. Lastly, I'm shifting professionally and I don't know that I would have if I was FT mom. Respite allows me the flexibility I need until I get truly settled. Anywho, thanks for your support and encouragement! :-)

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    3. How great Leslie! We used respite for the first time the other week and it was a blessing! I'm sure you are and will be a blessing to all those families and children you are helping. And how awesome that you are getting a chance to connect with the local fostering community. You will be a step ahead when you get settled and are able to dedicate more time!

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  3. How did you know when you were ready to make the jump into being a single foster/adopted mama? What did you do to prepare? I have thought a lot about fostering and I do see it in my life at some point in the future but I'm not at that place yet. What helped you make the decision to become a single mama? What needed to happen in your life before you took that step?

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