Scenario. You need milk for breakfast in the morning.
Non-foster care family.
6:00 p.m. Ask the 16 year old to watch the other kids.
6:04 p.m. Leave house and go to gas station.
6:19 p.m. Return from gas station with milk.
6:00 p.m. Call neighbor that is background checked to watch the kids. Neighbor not home. Can’t leave kids with a minor.
6:02 p.m. Chase and caught the two years old to put shoes and socks on. Put socks on but forgot to grab the shoe. Get shoes. Chase and caught two year old who has now taken the socks off. Put socks and shoes on.
6:09 p.m. Put two year old in the van. Tell the three year old to get shoes on and go to the van. Three year old has to go potty.
6:14 p.m. Done going potty.
6:17 p.m. Three year old cannot find Dora shoes and will not wear other shoes.
6:21 p.m. Find Dora shoe in van. Two year old is getting cranky.
6:25 p.m. Dora shoes on and three year old in the van.
6:25 p.m. Two year old pooped
6:26 p.m. Shoes off change diaper.
6:28 p.m. Chase and caught two year old to put shoes back on.
6:31 p.m. Shoes back on and two year old in the van.
6:32 p.m. Leave for grocery store because they have shopping carts to contain the two and three year old.
6:44 p.m. Arrive at store.
6:46 p.m. Three year old asks for Dora ballon.
6:46 p.m. Three year old screaming because she did not get ballon.
6:48 p.m. Still screaming.
6:50 p.m. Get milk…extra 2 gallons because I don’t want to go through this again.
6:54 p.m. Checking out. Two year old has taken shoes and socks off. Three year still crying.
6:55 p.m. Three year screaming “I don’t want to go”. Getting weird looks like I am stealing the kid.
7:02 p.m. Loaded back in the van and going home.
7:17 p.m. Return home. Three year old still upset over Dora ballon. Get both out and into the house.
7:19 p.m. Bedtime! Get both ready for bed and tucked in.
7:42 p.m. Realize milk is still in the van. Bring inside. Done.
How about if the foster parent had Connection to call? It might look like this.
Hi Sue. My name is Steve and I got you number from the Kids Belong Connections. I am out of milk and was wondering if you could help me out? Great! You can be over in a half hour? Thank you so much!
You might laugh as the foster parent scenario but it is true and it happens often. You can help a foster family by providing any level of help. I could be offering to get milk, bring over a meal, get background checked and babysit, provide respite care, help with house work, help with yard work, or best of all pray! You can make a huge impact on a foster or adoptive child’s life by support their caregivers. No role is too small
Find out more by going to our Connection page.