She also volunteered to do whatever it takes to become a babysitter for us.
I figured I'd share with everyone what that REALLY means.
If Butterfly is going to become a "legal" babysitter for any of my foster children, she has to be willing to:
- get complete background checks done including FBI fingerprints (at her cost)
- provide a copy of her driver's license and social security number to my licensing agency
- get tested for tuberculosis
- have CPR and First Aid training
- take a class in restraints that is held at my licensing agency
- read a study guide about supervision of foster children and take a test
- read a study guide about childhood development and take a test
- read a study guide about the Medicaid Health Passport and take a test
- read a study guide about transporting foster children in vehicles and take a test
- take an online class about psychotropic medications
- take an online class about trauma
- take an online class about being a medical consentor
- take an online class about disaster response
- take an online class about identifying and preventing child abuse
- take an online class about infection prevention
- take an online class about shaken baby syndrome
- take an online class about sudden infant death syndrome
I barely know Butterfly. But I'm really not comfortable asking her to do ALL that just so I can legally go out to dinner with my husband for a couple hours. Even if Herman, my son...age 20, is to babysit, he has to complete all of those requirements.
I haven't decided what I'm going to do. I'd like an opportunity to go out with my husband every now and then. But that's a lot to ask of anyone. Especially a causal friend. Especially when that friend is already a licensed nurse. But she still has to prove her knowledge for my agency. Especially when that friend has already undergone background checks and trainings to become a CASA volunteer. And did I mention, I barely know my new friend?!
Foster care sucks.