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03-12-2008, 12:29 PM #1Candy HolbertGuest
All of this is true, I have thought about it and still may if and when
I move. I have two grown kids both with special needs. Youngest was
abused by his father when I wasn't around and I didn't know about it
until after I had left the guy. He has issues because of it. And
please don't email me telling me I should of known, I was young and
stupid back then and I admit it.
But due to what I have had to deal with, with my own kids I feel sure
I can handle kids with problems. As I can without taking out a loan I
have been going to school, And when I'm done I plan on working with
trouble kids, teens that have been sent to juvie etc. I have no
interest in the money, my interest is in helping the kids be better
adults and parents than their bio parents are. After all these kids
are our future.
I doubt you will make much money unless due to the # of kids you get -
you get all sorts of discounts and free items from the government.
The kids you get will not necessarily be at the top of their class and
if you have your own children - taking problem kids into your home may
cause some issues for your own kids.
You will get training but unless you are from their world and
understand what they went through - you patience and ability to cope
will be tested each and every day.
The parenting techniques you use on your own kids will not work here
as kids coming from foster homes will report you for even yelling or
repremanding them. You will be under a microscope and your privacy
will no longer exist.
I also investigated this route but realized after a while that I just
not have enough patience to deal with kids that have lived through
things I have only seen in horror movies.
Many of them have special doctor appointments and counseling session
that you have to drive them to. It is not as easy as taking care of
your own - healthy - adjusted kids that SOMETIMES listen.
Think hard on this because if you are a caring person you will end up
spending more than DSS or the fostercare agency will give you to care
for this kids.
This is GOOD but in the long run - your budget will be non-existent.
You will be taking from your saving to do food and extra clothing and
don't forgot those endless birthday parties they are always invited to
-- I think that cost was quite out of control considering if every kid
had a party and every kid went to every party with some sort of a
I suggest finding a job where you can sell over the internet and not
have to travel every day away from your house.