I am officially a licensed foster parent!!!
I have gotten a few calls for respite two for placements and despite having said yes to all of the respite calls, I have only had one respite. We took in two little boys this past weekend. The boys are 7 & 8 years old and despite the warnings that came with these two brothers, they were amazing and had so much fun with us. My youngest son is 9 years old, so the ages fit perfectly for a weekend full of playing and having fun.
I didn't have the foster room ready because I didn't want to out all kinds of effort into getting the room ready when we had no idea who was going to be coming to us. I had a twin size bed in the room and a crib. Well, we pushed the crib out of the way and got a twin size air mattress (after getting agency approval for an air mattress) and I bought two boy bed in a bag sets. The boys loved the bed sets that I got and we stuck a laundry basket in between them full of stuffed animals and the boys split the stuffed animals between them before bed each night and loved it.
We were asked to take the boys again in about 2 weeks for another weekend and I think we will be taking them. The agency said we can do a slumber party type of sleepover and I think that will make it do-able because my mom is coming to visit and we got a placement call yesterday that is putting everything in limbo at the moment.
The placement call I received yesterday is for a 3 year old boy. I have no further information and wont know anything more till tomorrow. I accepted the placement and we shall see what happens when I find out more from my social worker tomorrow. Prayers for this little boy and his family, I can't imagine what they are going through right now.
I can't believe we are really at the point where we are getting calls (I have gotten 4-5 calls already).