The "one night only, we will pick her up in the morning" foster child that we received over a week ago has been moved to her foster family. She wanted to stay here but we are over our limit. We all liked the kid but it would have been nice if we could have gotten her to eat more than French fries! Driving her to school in the next town over was another task on my list that I really didn't need right now. I have reiterated to DSS that we are already over the limit so don't call with placements! Really they need to not call because I have a really, really hard time saying no.
When our current foster kids go home we do plan on taking a break. Our adoption worker has asked us to so she can get us an adoptive placement. I told her that I was working on the "no" mantra then decided that not answering the phone would actually work best. Everyone in the house recognizes the phone number they call from for foster placement. I believe that I am the only one who knows the number for adoptive placement.
As far as the adoption homestudy, I have done nothing! Yep, nothing. I simply haven't had the time. I also know that with the foster kids in our home we are not open for adoptive placements right now. As far as our current kids, I know that they will not become an adoptive placement. These kids actually have interested family. At this time I have no idea how long they will be in our home. I am currently thinking about Christmas and have no idea if they will be here or not. Makes planning hard.
Our county needs foster homes. I imagine that many other counties do as well. If you currently don't, consider becoming a foster parent. You don't have to say yes to every child! You can have a huge impact on just one child at a time.