Monday, February 14, 2011

You Might Be A Foster Parent If . . .

I got a kick out of Mama Foster's compiled list of items in You Might Be A Foster Mom If.  Over the past couple of weeks I've discovered a few more items to add to the list from my own personal experiences: 

A couple of weeks ago my three-year old daughter saw a woman in our neighborhood who somewhat resembled George’s caseworker- same age, same build, similar hairstyle. My little girl immediately pointed to her and said, “Caseworker!”. I corrected her and told her that the woman only looked like George’s caseworker but wasn’t. Then it occurred to me “How many three year olds know the word “Caseworker”? Firefighter, Doctor, Teacher- sure . . . but Caseworker?

  •  You might be a foster parent if your three your old uses the word caseworker.
As I was packing up George’s clothes and toys before he left and was trying to de-clutter and organize the nursery (which now has an empty toddler bed as well as a crib) I found three different sizes of diapers in storage which my daughter or our previous foster babies have grown out of. Yet two more items to add to the list:

  • You might be a foster parent if you have various sizes of diapers in storage.
  • You might be a foster parent (or waiting to adopt) if you have an empty bed or crib in your home and a bright neon “vacancy” sign flashes in your mind every time you pass by.

4 comments:

Katrina said...

I love it. I would add this one.

You might be a foster parent if your heart races and you jump every time the phone rings because you are waiting for a placement call.

or

You might be a foster parent if you make up in the middle of the night to go check on a child and then remember that they are not their because they now have weekend visits at the half-way house with their birth parents.

Cindy said...

So true! I laughed at the mama foster ones too. My kids know lots of stuff that most kids don't... what DCFS is, and all about judges and court. And I too have lots of different sizes of diapers, plus a twin bed, toddler bed and an empty crib. So much stuff we have to hold onto because we just never know when we might get a call. I'm right there with ya!

Unknown said...

Yep! Been there! Also, you might be a foster parent if you take daily trips to Walmart to get baby paraphenailia after a placement. AND You might be a foster parent if you don't buy anything until said foster child actually arrives.

MamaFoster said...

those are good ones!

the caseworker thing cracks. me. up.

:)