my account of my foster sons' quest to becoming 'real' boys
Friday, March 12, 2010
FS#1 had successfully passed his 18th birthday without leaving foster care. His sw and the foster care placement worker were so pleased with his placement they asked me about taking in another teen. I told them I would have to take it up with FS#1 cause the decision would effect him and I didn't think he was ready to give up his only child status.
So I broached the subject of another foster child with FS#1 and his response to me was:
I was a perfectly content single woman who was quite happy with my childless life until a teen, whom I had been mentoring, asked to come live with me because I was the closest thing to family that he had. That started my travels into and through the somewhat surreal world of the child welfare system specifically with regards to fostering older teens. I am currently Geppeto to two boys, 16 and 19.