Wednesday, September 28, 2011

thinking of fostering, but want to test the waters rather than dive in??? RESPITE

loved it loved it loved it

doing foster respite care was like heaven

1 night, play date type feeling... none of the drama of having to know all the dirty details... and the benefit of helping out a family who is doing the hard dirty work by giving them a night (or two or three) off.

we will continue with our kids we have for now... but when they go home (no details of when/if), we may take a long-short break from full time fostering, and do respite.

we often hear people tell us they wish they could foster but couldn't "give them back" --- despise that, BUT, if that is what is holding someone back, they should do respite care! it's so short term, that it's more like a quick babysitting job rather than parenting. it's something in DESPERATE need, as foster parents cannot send the kids to grandma's for the weekend - but the kids must stay in a licensed home. of all the people who need a break - foster parents are definitely near the top of the list!


  1. It feels so weird to be "foster parents without foster children", so we're excited to do respite. I love that you'll do it, too! It's another way to "help out" while you take a little break.

  2. We started out doing respite, and LOVED it.

    I just adore your blog and have nominated it for the Liebster Blog Award. There is a link to your blog on my blog, hope you don't mind?