Archive for February, 2008

Foster Care class 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 29, 2008 by usgirls

Tommorrow will be our 2nd installment in a series of 4 classes to become foster parents. We’re both torn, will we remain foster parents or adopt and be happy? We’ll see.

Oh yeah, my period returns–great :/

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Faliure to Thrive II

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 25, 2008 by usgirls

I should also say to everyone that there are several other causes of failure to thrive and again they are on the NIH (National Institutes of Health) website. I listed the ones in the context of abuse because that’s what my foster care licensing class was studying.

Failure to Thrive

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 25, 2008 by usgirls

Something new I learned was this term: Failure to Thrive. Here is the NIH definition

Failure to thrive is a description applied to children whose current weight or rate of weight gain is significantly below that of other children of similar age and sex”

The causes we talked about in class were:

  • Emotional deprivation as a result of parental withdrawal, rejection, or hostility
  • Economic problems that affect nutrition, living conditions, and parental attitudes

If you google “failure to thrive,” in google-images you’ll see what it looks like.

The “withdrawal” part really hurts. I don’t know what else to say about it…

What we already know.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 24, 2008 by usgirls

The class was held in familiar church here in South Bend, and in classic workshop style whatever happens in class STAYS in class. Don’t worry, there wasn’t much to say anyway. We didn’t interact much. There was a video about a child who committed suicide because the foster care system had failed him, other videos and lectures about child abuse, and a how the Department of Child and Family Services. It was all very interesting, but we were totally sleepy. We have 5 more to go to get our pre-adoptive, foster care liscence. (YaWN!)

Our next sesions are about seperation, attachment and placement. None of these sessions seem “happy,” which makes everyone want to become THE BEST FOSTER PARENT EVER!