What do you think of when you think baby?

Do you think about very premature?

Do you think about drug withdrawals?

Do you think about twins?

I know I wasn’t thinking about that.

But now it’s in my head.

We had another meeting with “Angel” this week about the Dear Santa letter. Work is slowing down so now is the time to jump into this next stage of our foster care adventure.

A few months ago I went to an emergency carer support group meeting and all of the other carers there do 0 – 1 year emergency, with 2 exceptions. One other lady does 0 – 4 years and then there’s MM and I who do 0 – 13 years of age. I can tell you sitting there with all those other people who just do little tiny┬ápeople made me wonder if we are a little bit nuts being prepared to take in such a wide age range of children.

When talking with these lovely ladies I got the impression that you get “A baby”. One lady is a retired neo-natal nurse, so she quite often gets the babies with health challenges, and will often have 2 at once (not unlike being at work for her I suppose) but, none of them mentioned twins, or sibling groups. I did have a dream about getting twins but didn’t really┬áthink that would happen to us.

Our meeting with “Angel” was great for making us think about options.

Would we be prepared to have twins? What about a sibling group with one of the children being a baby? Or maybe a very prem little baby or one going through drug withdrawals?

So I have a question for all of you.

What are your thoughts and opinions?

What experiences have you had?

What advice can you offer us?

 

What is respite care?

Something I get asked a fair bit is “what is respite care?”

Respite care is mostly over weekends or during the school holidays.
It’s providing short term care for children when their long term carer/s need a break.
It’s a great opportunity for the children to spend time with other people and to have new experiences.

From our placements, we have provided respite to a range of children for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes they are one off placements as the carer’s have to go out of the state, or it could be regular monthly respite for children. Perhaps they have special needs, challenging behaviours, or they need an opportunity to interact with new people and form new relationships or just to give the long term carers a weekend to spend some quality time with their own biological children.

Why did we choose to do respite care?

Well, at the time I applied to become a carer, I was living on my own and having not had children of my own, I thought it was a great way to see how I went with it. One weekend here and there…nice and easy. We are now doing 3 weekends a month of respite, and having one weekend off for ourselves.
We have some regular kiddies, and we also have kids that just need respite for a one off.

Respite care is like being a “grandparent” for the weekend. Giving children a great weekend with memories they can treasure for years to come.