Reflections from our foster care journey twelve months in

February 2016 marked twelve months since we were approved and took on our very first weekend respite placement as fresh foster carers. It seems like a good an opportunity as any to stop, take a breath, and reflect on what has transpired over the past year. Where we expected to be, where we are, and where we are heading. During our first year we have cared for 19 children in 9 sibling groups during 28 weekend respite or short-term emergency placements through a total of 77 days. Thankfully I have not tracked amount of coffee consumed or hours of sleep lost. However I have also neglected to keep track of the number of high fives, hugs, smiles or laughs. Throughout the year there have been many challenges but these are outnumbered by the … [Read more...]