“Snap,” my first foster child, was finally adopted after living in 3 foster homes (all willing to adopt), 1 stint in mommy-and-me rehab, 1 week in a homeless shelter, and a total of 4 years and 4 months in the system.
He had 15 foster agency case workers (although I lost count about a year ago) in 2 different foster agencies, 9 ACS (i.e. government) case workers and 3 mommy-and-me rehab case workers.
According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, if the estimated 245,260 children who exited foster care during FY 2011, the median amount of time spent in care was 13.2 months, with:
12% in care less than 1 month
34% in care for 1 to 11 months
25% in care for 12 to 23 months
12% in care for 24 to 35 months
9% in care for 3 to 4 years
7% in care for 5 or more years
I’ve had the privilege of following Snap throughout his young life in the foster care system. I started my blog, fosterhood (here), a few months after he returned to his mom to enter a mommy-and-me drug rehab. While I had a long-term goal of being his last and, if necessary, recurring foster home he nonetheless got placed with another foster family at another foster agency.
You can read the back story on Snap via his tags here.
I’m so happy to be able to make this announcement.
You can also follow Rebecca on her blog here.