Pumpkin isn't even back in my home yet and I'm having to meet with social workers.
Kasey, Pumpkin's current caseworker from CPS needed to visit with me today.
Sit down. Put your coffee or Diet Coke down. Take a deep breath.
She wanted to stop by today because....she is actually preparing a case for court on the 22nd!!!!
I know. Shocking isn't it?!
We went over the basics. I haven't had to talk about Pumpkin for over 6 weeks now. I hadn't lost my touch though. Kasey thanked me for all my help and told me she's grateful I'm such an expert about Pumpkin's case.
Then, a couple hours later I got a text message from the foster mom that is currently caring for Pumpkin. She informed me of a new rule.
It seems we now have to get permission from a judge at least two weeks in advance of us wanting to leave the county for any reason! This includes day trips of any kind!! No longer can I utilize my season pass at the zoo without permission from a judge! I can't look at the weather on a Wednesday and decide to go to the beach on Saturday. I have to have permission from a judge!! If they are going to be strict with things, I can't bring any of my foster children to events at my licensing agency without permission from a judge because I live in a different county.
I'm so spitting mad I could scream. I called Rainbow immediately to confirm the validity of said new rule. She informed me that she's not been given this information officially – she's only heard it from the mouths of foster parents. When pressed, all I could get from her is it's going to depend on each individual case worker how strict they are going to enforce things. I guess Kasey denied Pumpkin a trip to the beach earlier this summer.
As a foster parent I am supposed to give the kids in my care as "normal" of a life as possible. But I now have to get permission from a judge to leave the county?! Man...The System is messed up!
I'm going to wait and see how my foster parenting adventure proceeds as a whole before I "do" anything. If Pumpkin is placed with her aunt and uncle (as I was told is now the current goal of the State) I could be done fostering completely in just a couple weeks. I won't fight the battle. However, if I'm able, I will take this as high up as necessary to get it changed. Having a rule like this in place just gives the bad foster parents one more reason to not do a damn thing for the kids in their care. It makes it hard for the good parents to do anything extra for the kids. It's so unfair!!