OT: Foster Homes Needed (by WMH [NC]) Jan 9, 2018 2:20 PM|
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Still Learning [NH]) Jan 9, 2018 2:54 PM
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Deanna [TX]) Jan 9, 2018 3:05 PM
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 9, 2018 3:11 PM
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 9, 2018 3:17 PM
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Vee [OH]) Jan 9, 2018 4:08 PM
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by melinda [MD]) Jan 9, 2018 4:34 PM
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Robin [WI]) Jan 10, 2018 9:09 AM
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 11, 2018 1:02 PM
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by TonyT [PA]) Jan 11, 2018 2:19 PM
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OT: Foster Homes Needed (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 2:20 PM
The opioid crisis is not only lowering our overall life expectancy as a nation, it is creating a nation of children with no home.
Kids are being removed from their parents' home due to neglect at a record rate (because the parents are on opioids) and there is simply nowhere to put them anymore. The grandmothers who used to step up are ALSO addicted...ditto the aunts and uncles...and this crosses all economic and racial barriers.
If you have ever thought about this - becoming a foster parent -please think about it again. It is a true national crisis.
Unfortunately, 90% of kids who are finally taken into care do not go home again, ever. So we have a generation of kids growing up and ageing out of the system.
They are our potential tenants. They were never taught anything, they didn't have fathers, they barely had moms.
Just sayin'. Food for thought. --50.82.xxx.xx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 2:54 PM
Not all grandparents can step up but we are seeing more and more as guardians in the school system. It used to be a rarity where I live but not any more. --24.61.xxx.xx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 3:05 PM
Had a prospect for a 2/1 last month. She had abandoned her kids with her friend, vanished for 4 years on meth, and decided she wanted her kids back. So rather than trying to work it out with her friend, she kidnaps one of them from school, and the kid, who hasn't seen her, like, since she was three, has no clue who this woman is. It would be a lot easier for her to get her kids back if she would submit a hair sample for a drug test... but she refuses to do so.
I was subbing at the high school a while back ago. There were six kids in the last period of the day, and I let them work together in a group, so they were having conversation while they worked. The subject of the local doctors came up... "Dr. So-and-So will believe anything you tell him." "Yeah, my grandma says that Dr. Such-and-Such will write you a prescription for anything." "But not Doctor This." "Nah, Dr. This is pretty smart."
And I'm like, these are high school kids! When I was in high school, I had no clue that prescription drug abuse even existed... these kids know the entire medical system inside and out. Even if they're not abusers themselves, they have enough abusers in their family/circle of friends that they've got all the ins and outs filed away in their minds. --96.46.xxx.xx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 3:11 PM
I do not understand why someone will put a substance in their body that dumbs them down and makes them constipated. I feel great when I hug my little dogs. Gees, get a dog and hug it. Much better than opioids. I am trying to remember the stuff I took when my leg was broken and operated on and in a cast. It didn't make me feel wonderful but it did make the pain go away so I could sleep. What sorts of pain do these folks have that they want to take opiods? They should go get rehab or dental work and fix whatever is causing the pain. Does anyone know what the pain is that they use opiods for? --73.33.xxx.xxx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 3:17 PM
Uh oh. I think I know what the pain is. My intuition just kicked in. I think it is sexual abuse pain. The user feels obligated or threatened to have sex and it's painful so they protect themselves with the opioids. God help us. We have to help these people get away from their abusers. --73.33.xxx.xxx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 4:08 PM
Over the years had lots of those kids stay with mine which were all adopted but not all from that lifestyle, 2 of them have adopted, the opiod stuff if the new crack which was the new heroin, which was the new methanphetamines, which had a few variations along the way from the gold rush days of rotgut whiskey.... --76.188.xxx.xx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 4:34 PM
i have a wonderful tenant who has custody of her 4 grandchildren. Mom was/is a druggie. Thank God this woman has taken in these children. They seem to be getting the care and attention that they deserve. What a blessing she is --24.233.xxx.xx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 9:09 AM
We were foster parents for five years. We stopped when they sent two beautiful kids to live with a father they had never known. He was perfectly happy to have them live with us until he had to start paying child support. Then he couldn't get them back fast enough.
It's one of the most worthwhile things you can do, but prepare yourself for heartbreak. --204.210.xxx.xxx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 1:02 PM
You have a kind heart, WMH. Parts of our county are being ravaged by this opioid abuse epidemic. While we are too old to foster, we are considering how we can help out a very effective local group that helps addicts turn their lives around and eventually be able to parent their children.
I grew up in that area, and it is now unrecognizable as the neat and modestly prosperous suburb that it once was. --71.175.xxx.xxx
OT: Foster Homes Needed (by TonyT [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 2:19 PM
Unfortunately, the Foster system is failing too. My wife runs a website/help center for foster related programs called Aging Out Institute. The statistics of homelessness, apathy, and drug use for foster kids who turn 18 are staggering. The foster home parents aren't doing their job to teach kids how to become responsible, basic-functioning adults.
This years' strategy has been to create a national yearly awards program for foster care programs and for outstanding foster families to highlight excellent strategies used by these award winners ...and to publish these successful strategies/programs for others to use.
If you're a foster family or have a program, please apply for the award to help foster kids succeed. --73.230.xxx.xx
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