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Since this wasn't necessarily a program just about Foster care parents or the CASA system, and since several people voiced a desire to help in some way, I wanted to point out a program organized by the DHS to aide foster parents and offer some benefit to their kids, as well.
While seeking information about becoming a foster parent I was told about DHS's 'Respite' program which provides to foster parents someone who will watch their children while they take care of important events in their lives to which the children's inclusion would not be appropriate. This could include classes, business trips, family emergencies, etc. It might also include a weekend off.
At first I, along with many people I talked with about this 'break' program for parents, thought the parents were 'getting out of their responsibilities.' But the reality is far different than an onlooker's perception. As a result, I'm proud to provide for a foster father and his kids when there's a need for him to be elsewhere. Taking several boys with him isn't always appropriate and it only happens on rare occasions. At other times though, I'm fortunate to provide some input in the way of an art session once a week when schedules permit. This time is a gift to the foster dad and appreciated by the boys, as well.
For me, it's a gift as well, to see the kids interact and respond positively to my small investment for them and their foster dad.
Please consider the Respite program if you have a desire to help.
posted 3 years, 2 months ago
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