I try to help people when they are in need. It has translated in my life in many ways. My past was not a sparkling story of triumph but I know my future will be! Today, I live my life looking and listening for what God would ask me to do or who I am supposed to help. I am writing this for those that are similar or have considered helping another person. Im writing this for the foster parent, relatives, and adoption candidates. I’m writing this for someone that may need help and may get help soon, I want you to be prepared.
If anyone else has done this same type of thing, you know that there is a lot that goes into caring for someone else’s child. If the child is school age then you will definitely need documentation to register for school, medical documentation, physicals, immunization records, clothing, shoes, school supplies, lunch money, book money and a wealth of other needs. Not to mention a bed, food/drink, shelter, love, and belonging.
Now, I know that some circumstances will prevent people from providing all documentation at times, natural disasters, fires, and being displaced from your home, etc. I’m not insensitive to all that but if someone has my children, I will provide everything they need to care for them like I would. That would be my approach. I’ve learned not everyone thinks like that and that is not always the case. I’ve learned a lot in my life and I just want to help others.
Be sure that if you’re going to take care of a family members child or friends child don’t expect too much! Go into the situation ready to meet adversity that way you’re ready when it happens. Let’s be honest if someone needs you to take their children they aren’t stable or doing well at the moment. The only way to overcome is with God and Him ordering your steps.
For those that have records on your children keep your files together and up to date. Take your children to the doctor for scheduled wellness visits and physicals. Get scheduled immunizations and be sure to get an updated copy of the record. In some cases make sure the doctors office updates the state health department immunization records system as well. Please, please take your children to the dentist and eye doctor. Know if your child needs glasses and get them. If you are sending them to stay with someone be sure to provide all these documents birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, vision prescription, glasses, physicals, dental exams, medications, allergy list, personal and family medical history, insurance cards; medical, dental and vision and school transfer papers from last attended school. These are essential items to take care of your child at the best of someone’s ability.
Never have someone try to determine whether your child has been immunized, that’s terrible. People are playing rush and roulette with your child’s health. Schools will kick your child out if there aren’t records even in programs for homelessness like McKinney Vento. Do you child’s caregiver, custodian, guardian, foster parent, adoptive parent, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, sister, cousin, brother, mother, and father a favor and prepare accordingly. If you don’t have it at the time please, please be compliant and get the information requested. Seeing that your time has just gotten free, since someone else is caring for your children.
My point is Help those that are trying to help you out of the kindness of their heart! Help me Help You!