On this wonderful (cold) day, I sit here with two foster kids currently in my home. They're both girls, one aged 15 and one aged 18. My mind wandered, as it is apt to do from time to time, and I realized that many people don't really know what it is I do, what the kids are like, or anything like that.
It's sad really.
I'm not blaming anyone, far from it. I wanted to use this opportunity to open the floor to you guys, my wonderful watchers (and anyone else who ventures this way XD ). I wanted to give you guys the opportunity to ask questions, share stories, things like that. Mostly ask questions if you want to. I figured that with the floor open, the ability to leave a question in the comments, the questions not only benefit the one asking, but others who would read the comments as well.
When I say ask anything, I mean it guys. I will have to change names for confidentiality reasons but I can answer them.
Why the confidentiality?
Easy. Sometimes (often) the kids in these programs have people who can't know where they are. Example:
There was a kid in my program several years ago who had a professional hit out on him. He was 9 years old. His family crossed the wrong people and his parents were killed. The whole family was targeted for death and he was taken into custody. To the best of our knowledge, the boy is alive and well now.
What is a foster kid?
A foster kid, as the term is used in the United States, is a child aged 0-17 years old, who is removed from their home for a wide range of circumstances. They are placed in a home with another family or person to care for them. That's where I come in. (My 18 year old was 17 when she was placed here. She will be here until she graduates high school.)
So I'll be keeping things confidential as I can while answering your questions.
I thought about limiting the amount of questions but then I thought that would be counter-productive. If you guys have a question about my job, feel free to ask.
Remember, you guys are awesome and I am very grateful for everything you guys do.