Since we are still swinging on the pendulum waiting for our first call I figure I do some research on when we get the first placement call. I don’t know if others really have a list of questions. Call me an over thinker. I mean, there isn’t much I can do but ruminate on what will happen on our first call.
Here is the list of things I thought about asking during the call and after I say yes and meet up with the child’s SW.
On the Call:
What’s his name? (For the sake of saying “the child” or “his/her” I’m just saying his.)
How old is he?
What kind of personality does he have?
Does he love or hate anything in particular?
Does he have any allergies or special needs? If so, is their medication or services provided from DSHS?
Is there a religious preference? Are there any special needs we should consider because of his religion?
Is there a file available?
Why is he in foster care? Living situation?
How long has he been in foster care? If not first, how many moves has he had?
Any siblings? If so, where are they? Why aren’t they together? Is placing them together a priority in the future?
Is this short-term or long-term?
Has other family members been reached?
Our first meet up:
Basic Information About Child:
When is his birthday?
Is he up to date on his shots? If not, has an appointment been set?
Who is his pediatrician? Are we required to keep that pediatrician?
What is the visitation schedule?
If there is a visitation schedule, who from his bio family attends?
Where are the visits held?
Will I be transporting the child for visitation, or will a case worker?
If the child has siblings placed elsewhere, do they have visitation with their siblings?
During The Day:
Is he in daycare? If so, what daycare?
Are there any special services he is receiving in day care?
Will it be okay to take him out of daycare and transfer him to our daycare?
How is his parent’s and their case plan? Has one been set up?
I created this entire list because I wanted to be ready. Then I met these two great gals on one of my foster support groups and realized for my age group I may have an over abundance of questions. I guess it’s better safe than sorry though, right? I’ll be ready for sure come August when we open up our license to include a wider age group. Do y’all have any other questions that you’ve asked?
Our personal update: Little ones in our age group will come but I’ve been told there is a great need for a wider age group. My heart is honestly heavy about that. I wish we lived in a bigger home because there is nothing more I want than to take these littles and give them a home – no matter the length of time. While we wait we’ll continue to take classes, participate in support groups, and just be ready when we get the call.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers! Cheers to a hopeful and busy 2018! xoxo