Do you feel that working parents are looked down upon in the foster care system?
Overall, I don’t think so, however, there may be certain agencies, who would prefer having a stay at home parent. I can’t talk for those agencies, as I’m licensed through my county CPS. My experience, thus far, hasn’t been bad, as far as my county goes. They have been very understanding to the fact that I can’t be at every team meeting or court hearing, even though I want to be. That being said, since I am a working, single parent, I do think it has limited me a bit. Not that that is a bad thing, but if I stayed home, I could potentially take in 1-2 more kids.
It’s certainly looked down on in my area. And more than that, everyone has expectations of foster parents that are impossible for a dual-earning couple to meet.
- Calls at 11am about an appointment at 3pm the same day.
- A demand that the child be presented for a two hour visit in the middle of the work day.
- Childcare subsidies for preschool taking forever to get set up.
- A suggestion that you apply for WIC but appointments are all day during the work day.
People act like they can’t understand why this would be a problem for you. People say things like, “But, what would you do with the baby during the day?” Ummm the same thing that the majority of the country has done with their babies since the 80’s.